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Photo © by Peter Ericsson
Samot Sakorn, Thailand, November 2006
Calidris falcinellus

Limicola falcinellus


16–18 cm (6¼-7 in)
A small wader with short legs. The bill is relatively long, with a broad, flattened tip. It has a diagnostic white double supercilium.


  • Dark grey upperparts with creamy streaks
  • White underparts
  • Streaked breast markings continue to flanks
Breeding plumage
Photo © by dfd
Oulu, Finland, June 2008


  • Pale grey above
  • White scaling on scapulars and wings
  • White below
  • Head patter less marked

Juvenile - similar to breeding adult white belly but lacks the streaked flanks

Similar Species

Can be confused with Dunlin.


Breeding: Patchy; Scandinavia to eastern Siberia. During breeding season found in very wet quagmires in Norway, Sweden, Finland and parts of Kola peninsula, Russia (C.f.falcinellus).

Overwinters: South-eastern Asia, Australasia (C. f. sibrica); India, Sri Lanka, Arabian Peninsula and Africa (C. f. falcinellus).

Photo © by Steve G
Kalloni saltpans, Lesvos, August 2003


Formerly placed in the genus Limicola.


There are 2 subspecies[1]:

  • C. f. falcinellus:
  • C. f. sibirica:


Mainly coastal. Also salt pools, gravel pits, brackish mudflats, lagoons, riversides, lakes and marshes on migration.

During breeding season found in very wet quagmires.


Photo © by lior kislev
Maagan michael, Israel, September 2012


The nest is a ground scrape. The clutch usually contains 4 eggs.


The diet includes insects and other small invertebrates.



  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Collins Field Guide 5th Edition ISBN 0 00 219900 9
  3. Wikipedia
  4. BF Member observations

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