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Conservation status: Green

Similar to a dunlin, but in autumn it looks cleaner and paler with a white eyestripe. 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.



Latin name

Calidris ferruginea


Sandpipers and allies (Scolopacidae)

Where to see them

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

When to see them

Mainly seen in August and September.

What they eat

Snails, worms and flies.


EuropeUK breeding*UK wintering*UK passage*
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In the UK
Most English coasts and the E coasts of Scotland and N Ireland.

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