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    Purple Sandpiper

    Calidris maritima
    • ORDER: Charadriiformes
    • FAMILY: Scolopacidae
    Basic Description

    A stout shorebird, the Purple Sandpiper breeds in the tundra and winters along rocky shores of the Atlantic Coast. Despite its name, it appears mostly slate-gray in winter, with only a faint purplish gloss, and shows no purple at all in breeding plumage.

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    Other Names
    • Playero Oscuro (Spanish)
    • Bécasseau violet (French)
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