Rock Sandpiper (species: Calidris ptilocnemis) in Monterey Bay, California (Gaia Guide)
Calidris ptilocnemis
Rock Sandpiper

©Calypso Orchid: Rock Sandpiper (Calidris ptilocnemis)

©Jon. D. Anderson: Rock Sandpiper (Calidris ptilocnemis)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Charadriiformes
Family Scolopacidae
Genus Calidris
Species Calidris ptilocnemis



Distinguishing features

Adults have short yellow legs and a medium thin dark bill. The body is dark on top with a slight purplish gloss and mainly white underneath. The breast is smeared with grey and the rump is black. The Pribilof Islands subspecies shows a bold black belly patch. (Wikipedia)


  • From 20 cm to 24 cm (Length of specimen)


  • From 38 cm to 41 cm



Audio recordings


Recorded at Tolstoi Point, St. Paul Island, Alaska in United States.

© Andrew Spencer


These birds forage on rocky coasts. They mainly eat insects, mollusks, marine worms, also some plant material. (Wikipedia)

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