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  White-rumped Sandpiper (Calidris fuscicollis)





White-rumped Sandpiper | Calidris fuscicollis photo
White-rumped Sandpiper (Calidris fuscicollis)

Image by Tim Bowman, USFWS - License: Public Domain.    (view image details)

White-rumped Sandpiper | Calidris fuscicollis photo
White-rumped Sandpiper

Image by Tim Bowman, USFWS - License: Public Domain.    (view image details)



BIRD FACTS

Description
The White-rumped Sandpiper is a fairly small shorebird. The non-breeding plumage is mottled grey above with pale underside and a white eye stripe. The breeding plumage motled brownish above. Both males and females are similar in appearance during summer and winter. The bird has a distinctive white patch on the rump that is visible when the bird is in flight. The bill is thin and dark and legs are dark.

Size
20cm with wingspan of about 40cm

Habitat
lagoons, estuaries and marshes

Food
mollusks, crustaceans and other invertebrates

Breeding
The nest is a cup shaped hollow in the ground lined with lichen, moss and other plant material.

Range
The white-rumped sandpiper breeds in northern Canada and Alaska . It is a very rare vagrant to Australia.

distribution map showing range of Calidris fuscicollis 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:fuscicollis
Common Name:White-rumped 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)
  Curlew Sandpiper (C. ferruginea)
  Pectoral Sandpiper (C. melanotos)
  Little Stint (C. minuta)
  Long-toed Stint (C. subminuta)
  Great Knot (C. tenuirostris)