Description Baird's Sandpiper is a small wader. It has brown back and wings. The head and chest are light brown with dark streaks. It has a black bill and dark coloured legs. The underside is whitish. Non-breeding plumage is more grey brown. Males and females are similar in both breeding and non-breeding plumage. In its normal habitat it is seen in flocks, but in Australia it is a vagrant and if seen, will most likely be seen as an individual bird. It is similar to several other sandpipers - refer to other sources for more detailed description of differences.
Size 15cm - 17cm
Habitat breeds on arctic tundra. Winters on coast, mudflats
Food insects, crustaceans
Breeding nests on the ground
Range Baird's Sandpiper breeds in North America and northern Asia and migrates to South America in winter. It is a vagrant to Australia with only a small number of sightings