White-rumped Sandpiper (species: Calidris (Calidris) fuscicollis) in Birds of Honduras (Gaia Guide)
Calidris (Calidris) fuscicollis
White-rumped Sandpiper

©Jerry Oldenettel: White-rumped Sandpiper (Calidris (Calidris) fuscicollis)

©Tim Bowman: White-rumped Sandpiper (Calidris (Calidris) fuscicollis)

©Rick Elis Simpson: White-rumped Sandpiper (Calidris (Calidris) fuscicollis)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Charadriiformes
Family Scolopacidae
Genus Calidris
Species Calidris (Calidris) fuscicollis
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

Adults have black legs and a small thin dark bill. The body is dark brown on top and mainly white underneath, with brown streaks on the breast and a white rump. They have a white stripe over their eyes. This bird shows long wings in flight. In winter plumage, this species is pale gray above.

One of the best identification features is the long wings, which extend beyond the tail when the bird is on the ground. (Wikipedia)


  • Up to 20 cm (Length of specimen)


  • Up to 43 cm


Similar taxa


©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Distribution and habitat preferences

They are a long distance migrant, wintering in northern South America. They are rare but regular vagrants to western Europe. The species is a rare vagrant to Australia. (Wikipedia)


These birds forage by probing on mudflats or tundra or picking up food by sight in shallow water. They mainly eat insects, molluscs and marine worms, also some plant material. (Wikipedia)

Web resources


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