Western Sandpiper Life History


Habitat ShorelinesBreeds in coastal sedge-dwarf tundra. Migrates and winters along mudflats, beaches, shores or lakes and ponds, and flooded fields.Back to top


Nest Placement

Nest Ground

Nesting Facts
Clutch Size:3-5 eggs
Condition at Hatching:Active and covered with down.
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Behavior Ground ForagerBack to top


Conservation Low ConcernWestern Sandpiper are common and populations appear stable. They are not on the 2014 State of the Birds Watch List.Back to top


Franks, Samantha, David B. Lank and W. Herbert Wilson Jr. (2014). Western Sandpiper (Calidris mauri), version 2.0. In The Birds of North America (P. G. Rodewald, editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York, USA.

Lutmerding, J. A. and A. S. Love. Longevity records of North American birds. Version 2015.2. Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Bird Banding Laboratory 2015.

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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