Small shorebird with a horizontal posture and a short neck. Breeding adults have a black crown stripe, a dark ear patch, and a black patch on the side of the neck. Pale sandy gray above and white below. Bill is black in all seasons.© Sam Heinrich | Macaulay LibraryFlorida, February 17, 2016
Breeds on sparsely vegetated sandy beaches and lake shores.© Luke SeitzCalifornia, March 25, 2013
- Small shorebird.
- Legs moderately long.
- Neck short.
- Back pale tan.
- Underparts white.
- Dark patches on sides of neck reaching around onto top of chest.
- Legs dark.
Immature DescriptionSimilar to nonbreeding adult, but with scaly pale edging on back feathers.
Relative Sizebetween sparrow and robin
- Both Sexes
- Length: 5.9-6.7 in (15-17 cm)
- Weight: 1.1-2.0 oz (32.5-58 g)
- Wingspan: 13.4-17.0 in (34-43.2 cm)
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