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Pectoral Sandpiper

Pectoral Sandpiper (Image ID 32042)
Photographed byJohn Barkla on Mon 3rd Mar, 2014 and uploaded by Rob Parker on Sun 30th Sep, 2018 .
CommentPectoral Sandpiper: Score 80%

Scientific Name: Calidris melanotos
Summer BG: Siberia (NE), Siberian Arctic, N American Arctic
Overall Size: 18 - 24cm
Conservation Status (BWL): Least concern

This species was misidentified as Pin-tailed Snipe x1, Sharp-tailed Sandpiper x1

The Pectoral Sandpiper is distinguishable from the Pin-tailed Snipe by the beak size and shape. The Pectoral Sandpiper has a short, down-curved beak, whereas the Pin-tailed Snipe has a long, straight beak.

The Pectoral Sandpiper is distinguishable from the Sharp-tailed Sandpiper by the streaking. The Pectoral Sandpiper’s breast streaking is cut off neatly for a clean, white belly, whereas the Sharp-tailed Sandpiper’s streaking goes all the way to the undertail coverts.

Some other identifying features for the Pectoral Sandpiper are:

- Upright stance.

- Feathers edged rufous-buff.

- Wings fold equal length to tail tip.

- White supercilium all year round.

- Base of bill is yellow.
LocationWestern Treatment Plant, Werribee (Victoria)
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