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Semipalmated Sandpiper Identification

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The Four Keys to ID

  • Size & Shape

    A very small, plump shorebird with a thin, straight, tubular bill. When folded, the wings are about the same length as the tail. The bill usually does not droop or turn downwards at the tip.

    Relative Size

    Smaller than a Dunlin, slightly larger than a Least Sandpiper.

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    Measurements
    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 5.9-7.1 in (15-18 cm)
      • Weight: 0.6-1.8 oz (18-51.5 g)
      • Wingspan: 13.8-14.6 in (35-37 cm)

Regional Differences

Semipalmated Sandpipers that nest in the western part of the range have on average longer bills than those in the eastern part.

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