Least Sandpiper Calidris minutilla

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Breeding adult

Small sandpiper with yellow legs and a thin slightly curved bill. Breeding birds have rusty speckling on the back.

Nonbreeding adult

Small sandpiper with yellow legs. Nonbreeding birds are brownish with a smudgy brown breast.

Juvenile

Juveniles have brighter rusty-colored speckling on the back than breeding adults.

Breeding adult

Breeding birds have a heavily streaked throat and breast. Note yellow legs and small size.

Juvenile

Juveniles have yellow legs, like adults—but note that mud can obscure leg color. Juveniles have brighter rusty-colored speckling on the back than breeding adults.

Nonbreeding adult

Nonbreeding birds have a smudgy throat unlike similar sandpipers. Tends to have a more crouched posture when foraging.

Juvenile

In flight, note short, dark wings and small overall size.

Habitat

Forages on mudflats and the edges of water bodies. Tends to favor muddier shores and estuaries than other sandpipers.

Recommended Citation

Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla), 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/leasan