Surfbird Identification

Adult Description

  • Stocky, medium-sized shorebird.
  • Short, stout bill, pale at base.
  • Legs yellow.
  • White tail tipped with broad black band.
  • White stripe out wing.
  • Rusty on back and breast spotted in breeding plumage.
  • All gray in nonbreeding plumage.

Immature Description

Resembles nonbreeding adult, but head streaked, breast finely barred, and with pale edges on back feathers.
Relative Size

Relative Sizerobin sizedrobin-sized
Measurements
  • Both Sexes
    • Length: 9.4-10.2 in (24-26 cm)
    • Weight: 4.7-8.1 oz (133-230 g)