Curlew Sandpiper (species: Calidris (Calidris) ferruginea) in Birds of Argentina (Gaia Guide)
Calidris (Calidris) ferruginea
Curlew Sandpiper

©Marj Kibby: Curlew Sandpiper (Curlew Sandpiper)

©Lip Kee Yap: Curlew Sandpiper (Calidris (Calidris) ferruginea)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Charadriiformes
Family Scolopacidae
Genus Calidris
Species Calidris (Calidris) ferruginea
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

These birds are small waders.  They have a long down-curved bill, long neck and legs and a white rump. The breeding adult has patterned dark grey upperparts and brick-red underparts. In winter, this bird is pale grey above and white below, and shows an obvious white supercilium. Juveniles have a grey and brown back, a white belly and a peach-coloured breast. (Wikipedia)


  • Up to 23 cm (Length of specimen)


  • From 38 cm to 41 cm



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Distribution and habitat preferences

Of all shorebird species, it has the smallest breeding range in relation to its non-breeding range. After breeding these birds migrate south to Africa, Australasia or India. South Africa is at the southern limit of the migration path from Siberia, 15 000 km or 130 degrees of latitude away. (Wikipedia)


It forages in soft mud on marshes and the coast, mainly picking up food by sight. It mostly eats insects and other small invertebrates. (Wikipedia)

Web resources


  • Simpson, K., N. Day and P. Trusler (2004). Field Guide to Birds of Australia: 7th Edition Penguin Group (Australia), Camberwell, Victoria.