DUNLIN

Dunlin in breeding plumage
Dunlin in breeding plumage
Photo
Judd Patterson, used by permission.

 

Dunlin
Calidris alpina

Length: 
6 1/2 - 8 3/4 inches
Wingspan: 
12 3/4 - 17 1/2 inches

Dunlin in nonbreeding plumage
Dunlin in nonbreeding plumage
Photo
Bob Gress.

Description:  Dunlins are sparrow-sized sandpipers with long, black, droopy bills and relatively long, black legs. In breeding plumage, Dunlins are comparatively easy to identify because of the conspicuous black belly patch and rufous cap and mantle. In the nonbreeding season, they are plain gray-brown on their upper parts and white below. A prominent white wing stripe, seen in flight, is present in all plumages.

Dunlin in intermediate plumage
Intermediate plumage
Photo
Bob Gress.

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