Purple Sandpiper

Other Names: none

Distribution: Arctic coasts of North America and Europe in summer; North Atlantic waters in winter.

Purple Sandpiper distribution range map

Description:

Size: 20-22 cm in length with a 40-44 cm wingspan.

Plumage: Breeding adults are finely streaked with brown and black on the head and neck, and heavily spotted on the breast, with a white underside. Winter adults are mainly slate gray, with a whitish spot in front of eye and yellow legs. The bill is dull orange with a black tip and the eyes are black with white eyerings.

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Purple Sandpiper

Purple Sandpiper

Bill Shape
dagger
Regions
alabama
alaska
arkansas
atlanticcoast
connecticut
delaware
district of columbia
florida
georgia
greenland
illinois
indiana
labrador
louisiana
maine
manitoba
maryland
massachusetts
michigan
minnesota
mississippi
missouri
new brunswick
new foundland
new hampshire
new jersey
new york
north atlantic coast
north carolina
northwest territories
nova scotia
nunavut
ohio
oklahoma
ontario
pennsylvania
quebec
rhodeisland
south carolina
south dakota
tennessee
texas
vermont
virginia
wisconsin
Tail Shape
pointed-tail
Wing Shape
pointed-wings
Habitat
coasts
Color
gray
Body Shape
sandpiper
Size
small
Order
waders, shorebirds, seabirds - charadriiformes
sandpipers, phalaropes and allies - scolopacidae
Conservation Status
Least Concern
Bird Species