Stilt Sandpiper Identification

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The Four Keys to ID

  • Size & Shape

    A medium-sized shorebird with a plump belly but elegant appearance because of its long legs, long, rather slim neck, and long, slightly decurved bill. In flight, note the long narrow wings and feet projecting well past the tail tip.

    Relative Size

    Larger than a Sanderling, smaller than a Lesser Yellowlegs; similar in size to a Dunlin or Pectoral Sandpiper, but more elegant, with longer legs.

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    Measurements
    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 7.9-9.1 in (20-23 cm)
      • Weight: 1.8-2.5 oz (50-70 g)