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 Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius)




Spotted Sandpiper | Actitis macularius photo
Spotted Sandpiper, North Arm, Iona Beach Regional Park, Richmond, British Columbia

Photograph by Alan And Elaine Wilson. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

Spotted Sandpiper | Actitis macularius photo
Spotted Sandpiper, La Jolla Shores Beach, La Jolla, California

Photograph by Alan And Elaine Wilson. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

SPOTTED SANDPIPER FACTS

Description
The Spotted Sandpiper is a medium-sized shorebird. It is brown above with thin white eye stripe. The underside is white with prominent round black spots. The tail is dark with white on the outside. The legs are yellow bill is orange with a dark tip. Non-breeding birds, do not have the spots on the underside and look very similar to the Common Sandpiper

Size
length 18cm - 20cm. Wingspan: 37cm - 40cm

Environment
sagebrush, grassland, forest, parks. Only found near the shore, or edge of lake or stream.

Food
The Spotted Sandpiper eats aquatic and terrestrial invertebrates.

Breeding
Builds a nest of dead plant material on the ground, under shady vegetation near water. The female lays 3-5 off-white eggs with spots or blotches.

Range
The Spotted Sandpiper breeds across North America from Alaska to Newfoundland, and south to central California and northern North Carolina. It migrates south in winter to southern United States and as far as southern South America.

Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Charadriiformes
Family:Scolopacidae
Genus:Actitis
Species:macularius
Common Name:Spotted Sandpiper