Buff-breasted Sandpiper (species: Tryngites subruficollis) in taxonomy (Gaia Guide)
Tryngites subruficollis
Buff-breasted Sandpiper

©Tim Lenz: Buff-breasted Sandpiper (Tryngites subruficollis)

©Tim Lenz: Buff-breasted Sandpiper (Tryngites subruficollis)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Charadriiformes
Family Scolopacidae
Genus Tryngites
Species Tryngites subruficollis
Status near threatened



Distinguishing features

This species is brown above, and has a buff face and underparts in all plumages. It has a short bill and yellow legs. Males are larger than females. Juveniles resemble the adults, but may be paler on the rear underparts. (Wikipedia)


  • Up to 23 cm (Length of specimen)


  • Up to 48 cm



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Distribution and habitat preferences

It breeds in the open arctic tundra of North America and is a very long-distance migrant, spending the non-breeding season mainly in South America, especially Argentina.

It migrates mainly through central North America, and is uncommon on the coasts. It occurs as a regular wanderer to western Europe, and is not classed as rare in Great Britain or Ireland, where small flocks have occurred.

It is an occasional vagrant to southeast Asia.

It is usually found on open grassland near water. (Wikipedia)

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