Pectoral Sandpiper (species: Calidris (Calidris) melanotos) in Monterey Bay, California (Gaia Guide)
Calidris (Calidris) melanotos
Pectoral Sandpiper

©Benjamint444: Pectoral Sandpiper (Calidris (Calidris) melanotos) in non-breeding plumage

©Andreas Trepte: Pectoral Sandpiper (Calidris (Calidris) melanotos) adult in breeding plumage
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Charadriiformes
Family Scolopacidae
Genus Calidris
Species Calidris (Calidris) melanotos
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

It has a grey-brown back, brownest in the summer male, and greyest in winter. The Pectoral Sandpiper has a grey breast, sharply demarcated at its lower edge, which gives this species its Englishname; this clear dividing line is particularly conspicuous if the birds are turned towards the observer. The legs are yellowish, and the bill is olive with a darker tip.The juveniles are more brightly patterned above with rufous colouration and white mantle stripes. (Wikipedia)


  • Up to 21 cm (Length of specimen)


  • Up to 46 cm



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution: Pectoral Sandpiper (Calidris (Calidris) melanotos)

Web resources


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