Living Bird Magazine
Stilt SandpiperCalidris himantopus
- ORDER: Charadriiformes
- FAMILY: Scolopacidae
In its boldly barred breeding plumage, the Stilt Sandpiper is easily identified. In its gray nonbreeding plumage, it is much less distinctive and appears to be intermediate between a yellowlegs and a dowitcher.More ID Info
- Correlimos Zancolín (Spanish)
- Bécasseau à échasses (French)
- Cool Facts
- The main southward migration route of the Stilt Sandpiper passes through the middle of the continent, west of the Mississippi River. From here, in fall the species migrates over water to the Caribbean or northern South America, where many birds interrupt their migration to molt flight feathers before continuing to winter haunts in inland central South America.
- The oldest recorded Stilt Sandpiper was at least 11 years, 1 month old, when it was recaptured and rereleased during banding operations in Texas.