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Sharp-tailed Sandpiper - BirdForum Opus

Calidris acuminata


17-22 cm (6¾-8¾ in)
Adult summer

  • Rich brown upperparts with darker feather centres
  • White underparts
  • Streaked buff upper breast
  • Dark chevrons on breast sides, flanks and undertail coverts
  • White supercilium
  • Chestnut crown
  • White eyering
Photo © by Ken Doy
Kedron Brook Wetlands, Brisbane, Queensland, September 2017

Grey upperparts in winter

  • Orange-buff breast
  • Narrow streaky band on neck
  • Rufous cap

Similar Species

Pectoral Sandpiper


Breeds in northeast Siberia, and winters in Australasia and Polynesia.

Rare vagrant to Britain and Ireland.


Photo © by Ken Doy
Sandy Camp Rd Wetlands, Queensland, Australia, November 2018

This is a monotypic species[1].


Breeds on tundra. Feeds on grassy edges of shallow inland freshwater wetlands. They are also found around sewage farms, flooded fields, mudflats, mangroves, rocky shores and beaches.



They nest on the ground.


Their varied diet consists of aquatic insects and their larvae, as well as worms, molluscs, crustaceans, snails and seeds.


  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. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Sept 2017)
  3. Collins Bird Guide ISBN 0 00 219728

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