Curlew Sandpiper - Calidris ferruginea


Similar to a Dunlin, but in autumn it looks cleaner and paler with a white eye stripe. It has a longer, more down-curved bill than a Dunlin and will feed in slightly deeper water. Deep chestnut breeding plumage unmistakable in spring and summer. In flight it shows a bright white rump.

Similar Species

The juvenile resembles juvenile Dunlin but is slightly bigger, slimmer, slightly longer-legged with a longer and more decurved bill

Identification difficulty

They like salt marshes with muddy pools and shallow coastal lagoons. Largest numbers along the east coast of England in autumn in places like the RSPB's Titchwell Marsh reserve.

When to see it

Mainly seen in August and September.

Life History

Feeds on snails, worms and flies.

UK Status

An uncommon bird of passage in the UK.

VC55 Status

Uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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Species profile

Common names
Curlew Sandpiper
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Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
06/09/2003 (Chris Lythall)
Last record:
03/06/2018 (Palmer, Paul)

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