Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius)

Order: Suliformes | Family: Anhingidae  | IUCN Status: Least Concern

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. North America

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Camana, Arequipa

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Paracas, ICa

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. North America

Identification & Behavior: ~19 cm (7.4 in). The Spotted Sandpiper in basic plumage has gray upperparts and white underparts. In alternate plumage, birds show large black spots in the underparts. It resembles the rare Wandering Tattler but is distinguished by its smaller size, the orange base of the lower mandible, pure white underparts, and a white stripe on the wing when the bird is in flight. Both species bob the tail when on the ground. Also, see Surfbird.

Status: The Spotted Sandpiper is a common Boreal migrant. It is a habitat generalist and occurs about everywhere in Peru. It also occurs in Co, Ec, Br, Bo, Ch.

Name in Spanish: Playero Coleador.

Sub-species: Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius), Linnaeus 1766.

Meaning of Name: Actitis= Gr. aktitës, akte= resident of the coast, coastal. macularius: L. macularia, macularius= stained, painted.

See more of the Family Scolopacidae   peru aves

Distribution Map
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    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum. on 01/01/2015.