Dunlin Calidris alpina

  • Order: Charadriiformes
  • Family: Scolopacidae
  • Polytypic: 9 subspecies
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Breeding adult

Stocky, medium-sized shorebird with a long, drooping bill. Breeding adults have a distinctive black belly and a rusty mottled back. Note black legs.

Nonbreeding adult

Chunky shorebird with a short neck and a long drooping bill. Nonbreeding birds have a grayish brown hood and a brownish back.

Breeding adult

Breeds in wet coastal tundra.

Breeding adult

Medium-sized, short-necked sandpiper with a long drooping bill. Breeding birds have a black belly patch.


Stocky, short-necked shorebird. Juveniles have mottled backs and brownish faces. Black belly feathers grow in as they age.

Breeding adult

Breeding adults have a rusty mottled back. In flight, note dark stripe down the center of the tail and white outer tail feathers.

Nonbreeding adult

In flight, note darker line of feathers down the center of the tail and white outer tail feathers.


Winters along mudflats, estuaries, marshes, flooded fields, sandy beaches, and shores of lakes and ponds.

Recommended Citation

Dunlin (Calidris alpina), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: