Living Bird Magazine
White-rumped SandpiperCalidris fuscicollis
- ORDER: Charadriiformes
- FAMILY: Scolopacidae
Unique among the small sandpipers known as "peeps," the White-rumped Sandpiper shows white above the base of the tail. Its striking rump, along with its distinctive call note, make it readily identifiable in the midst of a flock of flying small shorebirds.More ID Info
- Correlimos Culiblanco (Spanish)
- Bécasseau à croupion blanc (French)
- Cool Facts
- The White-rumped Sandpiper actually has dark rump feathers. The white feathers at the base of the tail are the upper tail coverts, special feathers that cover the base of the stiff tail feathers.
- The White-rumped Sandpiper has one of the longest migration routes of any American bird, breeding in arctic Canada and wintering in southern South America. Southbound migrants fly over the Atlantic ocean from northeastern North America to South America, then gradually move southeast along the coast before turning inland go across the Amazon Basin, travel requiring about one month.
- The oldest recorded White-rumped Sandpiper was at least 7 years old. It was banded in Quebec in 1972 and found in Nunavut in 1978.