Wild Florida Photo - Calidris alba

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Calidris alba


Florida native


Sanderlings winter on the beaches of Florida, with peak populations during the spring and fall migrations. Their non-breeding range extends along most of the coasts of the Americas from southern British Columbia and Massachusetts to the tip of South America. The breeding area is in high arctic regions of Canada and Greenland.
Of the small shorebirds - collectively called 'peeps' - these are most often the ones running in and out just in front of the waves, probing the exposed sand for food.
With black legs and a short black bill, non-breeding adults are the palest of the sandpipers with a pure white underside and very pale gray on top. The leading edge of the wing is black with a broad white wingstripe and a thin black trailing edge. Breeding adults are darker on the back and neck, with some rufus coloring, especially on the males. Juveniles are spangled with black on their backs.

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Calidris alba is a member of the Scolopacidae - Sandpipers, Snipes, and relatives family.

Other species of the Calidris genus in the Wild Florida Photo database:
  View  Calidris canutus - RED KNOT
  View  Calidris minutilla - LEAST SANDPIPER
  View  Calidris alpina - DUNLIN

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For more information on this species, visit the following link:
Cornell Lab of Ornithology All About Birds page for this species

Date record last modified:
Aug 07, 2016

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