Surfbird (species: Aphriza virgata) in taxonomy (Gaia Guide)
Aphriza virgata

©Andrew Reding: Surfbird (Aphriza virgata)

©Blake Matheson: Surfbird (Aphriza virgata)

©Andrew Reding: Surfbird (Aphriza virgata)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Charadriiformes
Family Scolopacidae
Genus Aphriza
Species Aphriza virgata



Distinguishing features

This bird has a short dark bill, yellow legs and a black band at the end of the white rump. In breeding plumage, it has dark streaks on the brownish head and breast with dark spots on its white underparts; the upperparts are dark with rust colouring on the wings. Birds in winter plumage and immature birds are mainly grey on the upperparts and breast and white on the underparts with streaking. (Wikipedia)


  • From 24 cm to 26 cm (Length of specimen)


  • From 48 cm to 50 cm



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