Pectoral Sandpiper - Calidris melanotos


Larger than Dunlin, solidly built with relatively long neck and small head, similar to a female Ruff, it is easily separated from almost all other waders by the sharp contrast between the dark-patterned chest (the pectoral line) and the white belly. Other distinctive features include its yellowish legs, pale base to the bill and two pairs of white lines down the back, like braces. In flight, the pale wingbar is so narrow it is barely noticeable

Similar Species

Needs to be separated from Dunlin and Curlew Sandpiper

Identification difficulty

Most likely to be found at muddy and grass covered shores of freshwater pools, marshes or lakes.

When to see it

July to October with peak September to October

UK Status

Rare visitor from arctic America and eastern Siberia

VC55 Status

First recorded at Eyebrook Reservoir in 1953 there have been some 35 individuals recorded up to 2011

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Species profile

Common names
Pectoral Sandpiper
Species group:
Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
30/09/2005 (Chris Lythall)
Last record:
22/10/2022 (Tivey, Chris)

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