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Merlin Bird ID

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    Surfbird

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    Surfbird

    Calidris virgata
    • ORDER: Charadriiformes
    • FAMILY: Scolopacidae
    Basic Description

    A stocky shorebird living among the wave-tossed rocks of the Pacific Coast, the Surfbird is rarely found away from the splash and spray of incoming waves. Only to breed does it leave the coast for the rocky mountain ridges of Alaska and the Yukon.

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    image of range map for SurfbirdRange map provided by Birds of North AmericaExplore Maps
    Other Names
    • Playero Brincaolas (Spanish)
    • B√©casseau du ressac (French)
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