Small shorebird with a round head and a stubby bill. Breeding birds have orange at the base of the bill and a black crown, eye patch, and breast band. Note yellow legs.
Small shorebird with a round head and a stubby bill. Nonbreeding birds have a brown (instead of black) crown, breast band, and eyepatch.
Plump shorebird with a short neck and round head. Note single dark band on chest and fairly small, orange-and-black bill.
In flight, note brown tail with a darker tip (a common pattern among plovers) and long wings.
Juveniles look like adults but have paler collar and facial markings.
Small shorebird with a round head and a stubby bill. Note that the breast band goes all the way around the breast.
Walks or runs with its head up. Stops and tilts forward to pick invertebrates from the ground. Note yellow legs and solid black breast band.
- Small shorebird.
- Legs moderately long.
- Neck short.
- Back brown.
- Underparts white with one thick black or brown band on chest.
- Legs yellowish.
Immature DescriptionSimilar to adult, but with duller markings and pale scaling on back.
Relative Sizebetween sparrow and robin
- Both Sexes
- Length: 6.7-7.5 in (17-19 cm)
- Weight: 1.6-1.8 oz (45.6-49.5 g)
- Wingspan: 18.5-19.7 in (47-50 cm)
Need Bird ID Help? Try Merlin
Don't miss a thing! Join our email list
The Cornell Lab will send you updates about birds, birding, and opportunities to help bird conservation.