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Stilt Sandpiper

Stilt Sandpiper
Stilt Sandpiper (adult breeding plumage)

© David McDonald

Calidris himantopus

Family: (Scolopacidae) Sandpipers, Phalaropes and Allies

Preferred Habitat: Coastal marshes.

Seasonal Occurrence: Migrant; greatest numbers in spring and fall.

Notes: Stilt Sandpipers have been found throughout the year but are most common in spring and fall. They breed in northern Alaska and Canada. Adults in breeding plumage are very distinctive but the ones on the Upper Texas Coast are immatures or nonbreeding adults. Stilt Sandpipers resemble dowitchers in feeding behavior. Compared with dowitchers their tails are higher up in the air when they probe for food. Stilt Sandpipers may fly in extremely large groups.
- Susan Billetdeaux

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