Sanderling Identification

The Four Keys to ID

  • Size & Shape

    Sanderlings are small, plump sandpipers with a stout bill about the same length as the head. These and other sandpipers in the genus Calidris are often called “peeps”; Sanderlings are medium-sized members of this group.

    Relative Size

    About the same size as a Dunlin. Smaller than a Red Knot; larger than a Least Sandpiper.

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    Measurements
    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 7.1-7.9 in (18-20 cm)
      • Weight: 1.4-3.5 oz (40-100 g)
      • Wingspan: 13.8 in (35 cm)