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Common Sandpiper

(Actitis hypoleucos)
Alternate name(s): "Summer Snipe"
Size: 19-21 cm; wing span 35-41 cm
Weight: 33-70 g

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Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Common Sandpiper at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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More (and better) photos were taken by us in Oman.



Lateral view of a Common Sandpiper in non-breeding plumage on a rockface
[Lee Point, Darwin, NT, August 2014]

Lateral view of a Common Sandpiper in non-breeding plumage on the edge of a billabong (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Kakadu NP, NT, November 2014]

Dorsal view of a Common Sandpiper in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Salter Point, Canning River, Perth, January 2017]


Common Sandpipers are well-known for bobbing their tails. This proved to be a major loss of potentially good photos during the course of our observations...

Food, Diet

We have seen Common Sandpipers take flies from the fringes of water courses, where they had sat down to drink water (see here).

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