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Sanderling

(Calidris alba)
Size: 16-22 cm; wing span 40-45 cm
Weight: 40-100 g

Similar species

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

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Sanderling at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

More photos were taken by us in Oman.

ADULT

NON-BREEDING

Lateral view of Sanderlings in various phases of moulting, from non-breeding (light-grey) to transitional plumage; there is no bird in breeding plumage in this shot (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Lee Point, Darwin, NT, March 2013]

Lateral view of a Sanderling in non-breeding/transitional plumage
[Old Bar, NSW, July 2013]

The same Sanderling as shown above, here in plenty of washed-up litter
[Old Bar, NSW, July 2013]

Lateral view of a Sanderling in non-breeding plumage in shallow water (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Kilcarnup Beach, WA, December 2016]

Lateral view of a Sanderling in non-breeding plumage with a completely dust-coated bill (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Kilcarnup Beach, WA, December 2016]

3 Sanderlings in non-breeding plumage in shallow water (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Kilcarnup Beach, WA, December 2016]

Small flock of Sanderlings in non-breeding plumage following a wave (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Kilcarnup Beach, WA, December 2016]

Comparison of several Red-necked Stints in non-breeding plumage, left, with a Sanderling in non-breeding plumage, on the right; note the difference in size (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Lee Point, Darwin, NT, July 2013]

3 Sanderlings in non-breeding plumage in flight - note the characteristic broad white wing bars (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Kilcarnup Beach, WA, December 2016]

Behaviour

No information from Australia available yet. To go to the Omani page, click here.

Food, Diet

No information from Australia available yet. To go to the Omani page, click here.

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