STILT SANDPIPER

Stilt Sandpiper in breeding plumage
Stilt Sandpiper in breeding plumage
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Bob Gress

 

Stilt Sandpiper
Calidris himantopus

Length: 
8 - 9 1/4 inches
Wingspan: 
17 1/4 - 18 3/4 inches

Description:  This robin-sized sandpiper has a long neck; long, greenish legs; and a droopy, black bill with a thick base. Stilt Sandpipers feed in a characteristic rapid, sewing machine-like fashion in relatively deep water. During the breeding season, they are heavily patterned, appearing “tigerstriped.” They have a distinctive reddish crown with a white central stripe, rufous lores and ear coverts and a strong, white supercilium. The leg color, dark eye stripe and white supercilium are maintained during the nonbreeding season when birds are a basic gray-brown with dark breast streaking.

Stilt Sandpiper in intermediate plumage
Stilt Sandpiper in intermediate plumage

 

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