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  Curlew Sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea)





Curlew Sandpiper | Calidris ferruginea photo
Calidris ferruginea

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Curlew Sandpiper | Calidris ferruginea photo
Curlew Sandpiper

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Curlew Sandpiper | Calidris ferruginea photo
Calidris ferruginea, Yunlin County, Taiwan

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CURLEW SANDPIPER FACTS

Description
The Curlew Sandpiper is a fairly small sized shorebird. The non breeding plumage is pale grey above with white underside. It has a long dark coloured bill and black legs and feet. The breeding plumage is dark grey above and reddish brown below, with black bars on the wings. Young birds are grey and brown above with a white underside and tan coloured breast.

Size
20 cm long

Habitat
mudflats, lagoons, mangroves, beaches,

Food
insects, worms and other small invertebrates.

Breeding
The nest is a shallow hollow on a ridge of the tundra. It does not breed in Australia.

Range
The Curlew Sandpiper breeds in the Siberian Arctic. It migrates to the southern hemisphere in northern winter and is a visitor to coastline of Australia.

distribution map showing range of Calidris ferruginea in Australia

Map is from Atlas of Living Australia website at http://biocache.ala.org.au licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License




Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Charadriiformes
Family:Scolopacidae
Genus:Calidris
Species:ferruginea
Common Name:Curlew Sandpiper

Relatives in same Genus
  Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (C. acuminata)
  Sanderling (C. alba)
  Dunlin (C. alpina)
  Baird's Sandpiper (C. bairdii)
  Red Knot (C. canutus)
  White-rumped Sandpiper (C. fuscicollis)
  Pectoral Sandpiper (C. melanotos)
  Little Stint (C. minuta)
  Long-toed Stint (C. subminuta)
  Great Knot (C. tenuirostris)