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.
Nonbreeding birds lack the dark crown stripe and have a paler neck stripe. Sandy gray above and white below with a black bill and gray legs.
Rests and forages on the higher parts of the beach with loose sand. Often hunkers down in depressions in the sand to rest.
Small shorebird with a horizontal posture and a short, black bill. The facial marks on nonbreeding birds are paler. Note gray legs.
Some breeding birds show a darker ear patch in addition to the black crown and neck stripe. The bill is dark in all seasons.
Breeds on sparsely vegetated sandy beaches and lake shores.
- 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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