Living Bird Magazine
Upland SandpiperBartramia longicauda
- ORDER: Charadriiformes
- FAMILY: Scolopacidae
A shorebird of grasslands, not shores, the Upland Sandpiper inhabits native prairie and other open grassy areas in North America. Once abundant in the Great Plains, it has undergone steady population declines since the mid-19th century, because of hunting and loss of habitat.More ID Info
- Zarapito Ganga (Spanish)
- Maubèche des champs (French)
- Cool Facts
- The Upland Sandpiper begins southward migration unusually early, beginning in mid-July. It spends up to eight months of the year in its winter home in South America, during the austral summer.
- In several northeastern states, the majority of nesting Upland Sandpipers live on the grounds of airports.
- Upland Sandpiper pairs scrape out multiple depressions in the ground, but use only one for their actual nest.
- The oldest recorded Upland Sandpiper was at least 8 years, 11 months old, and lived in New York.