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Merlin Bird ID

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    Purple Sandpiper Identification

    Adult Description

    • Plump, medium-sized shorebird.
    • Mostly dark.
    • Medium-length bill, with slight droop at end.
    • Short, yellow legs.

    Immature Description

    Juvenile resembles breeding adult, but with white-edged feathers on the upperparts.
    Relative Size

    Relative Sizerobin sizedrobin-sized
    Measurements
    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 7.9-8.7 in (20-22 cm)
      • Weight: 1.8-3.7 oz (50-105 g)
      • Wingspan: 16.5-18.1 in (42-46 cm)