Buff-breasted Sandpiper Calidris subruficollis


The Buff-breasted Sandpiper is a subtly beautiful shorebird that practically spans the length of the western hemisphere with its amazing migration. With a large dark eye set on a blank face, sandy base colors to the underparts, pale-fringed blackish upperparts, long wings, and yellow legs, this is a species that blends in well in dry, sparsely vegetated habitats.  The species breeds in high Arctic Canada and Alaska in upland tundra, where males employ lek strategies for attracting females with elaborate wing-flashing displays.  In migration, it can be found in flocks in short grass or barren areas such as airports, sod farms, and agricultural fields.  The species winters in the Pampas grasslands of central and southern South America. 

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  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

Buff-breasted Sandpiper (Calidris subruficollis), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/bubsan