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Sharp-tailed Sandpiper

(Calidris acuminata)
Alternate name(s): "Sharp-tailed Stint", "Siberian Sandpiper"
Size: 17-20 cm; wing span 42-48 cm
Weight: 45-115 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 Sharp-tailed Sandpiper at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

ADULT

BREEDING

Lateral view of a Sharp-tailed Sandpiper in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Eastlakes golf course, Sydney, NSW, October 2013]

NON-BREEDING

Frontal view of an adult non-breeding Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
[Goran Lake, NSW, October 2013]

Lateral view of a Sharp-tailed Sandpiper in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Burren Junction, NSW, January 2016]

Dorsal view of a Sharp-tailed Sandpiper in non-breeding plumage
[Burren Junction, NSW, January 2016]

Lateral view of a Sharp-tailed Sandpiper in non-breeding plumage in flight
[Burren Junction, NSW, January 2016]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Adult, non-breeding (centre and right) and immature (left) Sharp-tailed Sandpipers on the muddy shore of an ephemeral lake
[Goran Lake, NSW, October 2013]

Near-frontal view of an immature Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
[Goran Lake, NSW, October 2013]

Lateral view of an immature Sharp-tailed Sandpiper sifting through mud and water
[Goran Lake, NSW, October 2013]

Lateral view of an immature Sharp-tailed Sandpiper with mud stuck to its bill
[Goran Lake, NSW, October 2013]

Near-dorsal view of an immature Sharp-tailed Sandpiper with mud stuck to its bill
[Goran Lake, NSW, October 2013]

Sharp-tailed Sandpipers in a small flock, together with Red-capped Plovers and Red-necked Stints
[Goran Lake, NSW, October 2012]

Part of a flock of 120 Sharp-tailed Sandpipers on the bank of an ephemeral lake
[Goran Lake, NSW, April 2013]

Two out of a small flock of Sharp-tailed Sandpipers on the edge of an ephemeral wetland (photo courtesy of C. Hayne)

Lateral view of Sharp-tailed Sandpipers in flight
[Goran Lake, NSW, October 2012]

Sharp-tailed Sandpipers in flight in a small flock, together with Red-capped Plovers and Red-necked Stints
[Goran Lake, NSW, October 2012]

Behaviour

The photo below shows that Sharp-tailed Sandpipers can sometimes also be found in man-made habitats, in this case lawn on a golf course.

Lateral view of a Sharp-tailed Sandpiper in breeding plumage on a golf course (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Eastlakes golf course, Sydney, NSW, October 2013]

Call(s)/Song

For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

stspipe_20140315.mp3 (NW NSW) Warning/ departure © MD

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