Stilt Sandpiper Life History

Habitat

Habitat MarshesBreeds in sedge tundra near water, often near wooded borders of the taiga. On migration and in winter found along mudflats, flooded fields, shallow ponds and pools, and marshes.Back to top

Nesting

Nest Placement

Nest Ground

Nesting Facts
Clutch Size:2-5 eggs
Condition at Hatching:Active and covered with down.
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Behavior

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Conservation

Conservation Low ConcernThere is little information on Stilt Sandpiper population trends. A 2012 study notes that counts have been variable, but estimates a North American population of 1.2 million birds. Numbers may be stable to declining. The species is not on the 2014 State of the Birds Watch List. An overpopulation of Snow Geese on the tundra may cause degradation of the Stilt Sandpiper's breeding environment.Back to top

Credits

Andres, B. A., P. A. Smith, R. I. G. Morrison, C. L. Gratto-Trevor, S. C. Brown and C. A. Friis. 2012a. Population estimates of North American shorebirds, 2012. Wader Study Group Bulletin no. 119 (3):178-194.

Klima, Joanna and Joseph R. Jehl Jr. 2012. Stilt Sandpiper (Calidris himantopus), version 2.0. In The Birds of North America (P. G. Rodewald, editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York, USA.

North American Bird Conservation Initiative. 2014. The State of the Birds 2014 Report. US Department of Interior, Washington, DC, USA.

Sibley, D. A. (2014). The Sibley guide to birds, second edition. Alfred A. Knopf, New York, USA.

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