Least Sandpiper

Calidris minutilla

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Basic Information

Order

Charadriiformes

Family

Scolopacidae

Size

Least Sandpipers can grow up to 6 inches in length.

Lifespan

up to 15 years

Weight

Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla) facts, habitat, range, sandpiper pictures and bird watching tips to help you identify the shorebird.

Diet

Least Sandpipers eat insects.

Behavior

Probing

Range

Migratory: Nationwide

Nest Placement

Ground

Number of Offspring

3–4 Eggs

Egg Description

Buff Pink with brown specks

Condition at Hatching

Active, down covered

Social Status

Flocks

Wingspan

10.5–11 in

Observation Tips

Look for Least Sandpipers when hiking on trails running along protected coasts.

What does the Least Sandpiper look like?

Least Sandpipers are small shorebirds. They have brown upper bodies and white lowers. Their slim black bills have a slight downward curve and their lanky legs are a green yellow.

Least Sandpiper Habitat

Marshlands

Least Sandpiper Facts

Least Sandpipers are the smallest shorebirds in the world. They weigh around one ounce and males are slightly smaller than females. They are common, but in recent years their numbers have been on the decline. They have an incredibly long migration. They winter as far south as Brazil and Chile, but spend their summers as far north as arctic Alaska. They mainly eat small crustaceans, insects and snails. They often use the surface tension of water to bring prey up their bills into their mouths.

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