Living Bird Magazine
Semipalmated SandpiperCalidris pusilla
- ORDER: Charadriiformes
- FAMILY: Scolopacidae
An abundant small shorebird, the Semipalmated Sandpiper breeds in the Arctic and winters along the coasts of South America.More ID Info
- Correlimos Semipalmeado (Spanish)
- Bécasseau semipalmé (French)
- Cool Facts
- Semipalmated Sandpipers from eastern populations probably undertake nonstop transoceanic flights of 3,000 - 4,000 km (1,900 - 2,500 mi) from New England and southern Canada to South America, powered by extensive fat reserves.
- The Semipalmated Sandpiper gets its common name from the short webs between its toes ("palmated" means webbed). The Western Sandpiper is the only other small sandpiper with similarly webbed toes.
- The oldest recorded Semipalmated Sandpiper was at least 14 years, 2 months old when it was recaptured and rereleased during banding operations in New Brunswick.