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Sharp-tailed Sandpiper - Calidris acuminata

Semipalmated SandpiperCharacteristics
Range
Habitat
Diet
Life Cycle
Behavior

 Classification

 Phylum: Chordata
 Class: Aves
 Order: Charadriiformes
 Family:Scolopacidae
 Genus:  Calidris



ICUN Redlist - World Status: Least ConcernLeast Concern
   
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  Characteristics
SandpiperThe sharp-tailed sandpiper is about eight inches in length. It has rusty-brown, black and white back, wings and tail and a light cream to tan lower chest and belly. It has a reddish-brown cap in its head, a sharp, black bill; long white to gray legs; and, as its name implies, a sharp tail.

  Range
mapThe sharp-tailed sandpiper breeds on the Siberian tundra and winters in Australia and New Zealand. Migrating birds appear in Alaska and in small numbers along the West Coast in the fall and less often inland and on East Coast.

  Habitat
SandpiperThe sharp-tailed sandpiper can be found in grassy areas of coastal marshes and on tidal flats.

 
  Diet

The sharp-tailed sandpiper eats mosquito larvae. It also eats mollusks and crustaceans.


  Life Cycle
The male sharp-tailed sandpiper mates with more than one female. The female build a nest of grass on the tundra. She lays an average of four eggs. The chicks hatch in 19-23 days. They leave the nest after a day or so and begin to feed themselves. The fledge when they are 18-21 days old.

  Behavior

SandpiperA Eurasian species, the Sharp-tailed  Sandpiper appears in North America mainly after the end of the nesting season. Most of the birds recorded in North America are the young of the year.








 


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