Stocky, short-legged sandpiper with a dropping bill that is yellow at the base. Nonbreeding birds are pale gray above with spotting on the breast.
Stocky, short-legged sandpiper with a dropping bill that is yellow at the base. Breeding birds have a pale head, chestnut markings on the back, and a dark belly patch.
Males and females may incubate the eggs alone, or both parents may share the responsibility. Clutch sizes are generally between one and four eggs.
Plumage brightest varies from darkest in the Aleutian Islands to palest in the Pribilof Islands. Nonbreeding birds are grayish above with gray spotting below.
Juveniles have cinnamon edging on their back feathers and brownish spotting on the breast.
Juveniles have cinnamon edging on their back feathers and brownish spotting on the beast.
Adults molting from breeding plumage to winter plumage show a combination of characteristics. Stocky, short-legged stature and dropping bill help with identification.
Adult DescriptionPlump, medium-sized shorebird. Medium-length bill, with slight droop at end. Short, yellow legs. Mostly dark. Broad white stripe in wings.
Immature DescriptionJuvenile scaly all over back, with reddish on shoulders, chest white whitish with heavy streaks and spots.
- Both Sexes
- Length: 7.1-9.4 in (18-24 cm)
- Weight: 2.0-4.6 oz (57-130 g)
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