Stilt Sandpiper (species: Calidris (Calidris) himantopus) in Monterey Bay, California (Gaia Guide)
Calidris (Calidris) himantopus
Stilt Sandpiper

©Len Blumin: Stilt Sandpiper (Calidris (Calidris) himantopus) in non-breeding plumage

©Dan Pancamo: Stilt Sandpiper (Calidris (Calidris) himantopus)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Charadriiformes
Family Scolopacidae
Genus Calidris
Species Calidris (Calidris) himantopus
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

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Juvenile Stilt Sandpipers resemble the adults in their strong head pattern and brownish back, but they are not barred below, and show white fringes on the back feathering. (Wikipedia)


  • Up to 22 cm (Length of specimen)


  • From 38 cm to 47 cm


Similar taxa


©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Distribution and habitat preferences

breeds in the open arctic tundra of North America. It is a long-distance migrant, wintering mainly in northern South America. It occurs as a rare vagrant in western Europe, Japan and northern Australia. (Wikipedia)


They forage on muddy, picking up food by sight, often jabbing at their prey. They mainly eat insects and other invertebrates. (Wikipedia)

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