Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (species: Calidris (Calidris) acuminata) in Monterey Bay, California (Gaia Guide)
Calidris (Calidris) acuminata
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper

©Jerry Oldenettel: Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (Calidris (Calidris) acuminata)

©Alnus: Sharp-tailed sandpiper (Sharp-tailed Sandpiper)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Charadriiformes
Family Scolopacidae
Genus Calidris
Species Calidris (Calidris) acuminata
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

Breeding adults are a rich brown with darker feather centres above, and white underneath apart from a buff breast. They have a light superciliary line above the eye and a chestnut crown. In winter, they are grey above. The juveniles are brightly patterned above with rufous colouration and white mantle stripes. (Wikipedia)


  • From 17 cm to 21 cm (Length of specimen)


  • From 36 cm to 43 cm



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Distribution and habitat preferences

It breeds in the boggy tundra of northeast Asia and is strongly migratory, wintering in south east Asia and Australasia. It occurs as a rare autumn migrant to North America, but in western Europe only as a very rare vagrant. It is typically found in coastal and interior wetlands. (Wikipedia)


These birds forage on grasslands and mudflats, picking up food by sight, sometimes by probing. They mainly eat insects and other 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.
  • Smith, G.C. (1987). The birds of Eagle Island, a tropical sand cay on the northern Great Barrier Reef, Australia, The Sunbird, 17(1): 1-11. LIRS catalog number 245.