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Pectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotos



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Medium-sized shorebird with a heavily streaked breast and a bright white belly that forms a sharp border.


Overall a medium-sized shorebird. Juvenile has a finely streaked breast that forms a sharp border with its white belly. Feathers on the back have rufous edging.


In flight bright white belly contrasts with darker breast. In flight, shows only a very faint wingstripe.


Streaked chest forms a sharp border with the white belly.


Sharp border between streaked neck and white belly. Found in wet grassy areas and saltmarshes during migration.

Recommended Citation

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