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.