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Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla)

Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla)

Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla)



Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla) Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla) September Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla) April Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla)

Class: Aves
Family: Scolopacidae
Common Name: Least Sandpiper
Genus: Calidris
Species Name: minutilla

About The Least Sandpiper

One of the smallest sandpipers in the Americas, the Least Sandpiper may be identified by its small size (5-6 ½ inches), short wings, and yellow legs. In summer, this species is mottled brown above with a white belly, streaked breast and throat, and pale white eye-stripes. In winter, the Least Sandpiper becomes darker and duller than in summer. Males and females are similar to one another in all seasons. The Least Sandpiper has one of the southernmost breeding ranges of all North American sandpipers. This species breeds from the high arctic south to Nova Scotia and British Columbia and from Alaska east to Newfoundland. The Least Sandpiper is also one of the most widespread winter sandpipers in North America, wintering along the coast from Oregon and New Jersey south to Central America and the West Indies. This species also winters in northern South America. Least Sandpipers breed in a variety of freshwater habitats, particularly in bogs. During the winter, this species may be found in freshwater and saltwater along beaches, lagoons, estuaries, and other wet habitats near bodies of water. Least Sandpipers feed primarily on small mud-dwelling invertebrates. Least Sandpipers are most easily observed along the water’s edge, probing the mud for food with their bills. They may also be seen in small flocks flying above the surf, frequently mingling with other species of waders. This species is most active during the day.



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Bibliographic Citation: Rumelt, Reid B. Calidris minutilla. June-July 2012. Brief natural history summary of Calidris minutilla. Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, Washington, D.C.

Trips Where Observed

Galapagos Islands
Mexico to Panama
Mexico, Baja California Sur
Mexico, Nayarit
Mexico, Veracruz
San Francisco 2007
Texas

Member Lifelists

Australasia
California
Ecuador
Galapagos Islands
Mexico
North America
San Francisco
United States
World

Sites Where Observed

Location
Date
Notes
10/11/2007
8/24/2008
A flock, presumably all least sandpipers, but maybe something else, swooped onto the field in a tight flock and flew around next to home plate for a few minutes before exiting the park.
1/18/2009
In the mowed area next to the hotel.
3/19/2009
A large flock of several hundred were seen, but they were too far away to confirm 100%

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