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Dunlin (Calidris alpina)
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Dunlin (Calidris alpina)

General Description: Dunlin (Calidris alpina) are the small, short-legged shorebirds with a long bill and distinct summer and winter plumages. In summer, they are reddish-brown above and light below, with a striped front and a big, black belly patch. In winter, Dunlin are brown above and white below, with a dark brown front. In all plumages, the bill is long, black, and slightly decurved at the tip; and the legs are black.

Taxonomy: Charadriiformes, Scolopacidae, Scolopacinae.

Favored Habitat: Mud flats and sandy shorelines.

Dunlin (Calidris alpina)

Where to Find: Dunlin are uncommon migrants around Las Vegas. Keep an eye out for them while birding places like Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge, the Overton Wildlife Management Area, and the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve.

Otherwise, look for Dunlin during summer in the high arctic or during winter on trips to the coast where they can be found along both coasts of North America.

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Dunlin (Calidris alpina)
Dunlin during winter; Dunedin, Florida
Dunlin (Calidris alpina)
Dunlin, notice the slightly drooping bill
Dunlin (Calidris alpina)
Dunlin during winter; Dunedin, Florida
Dunlin (Calidris alpina)
Dunlin and Sanderling; Dunedin, Florida
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Dunlin (Calidris alpina) Dunlin (Calidris alpina)
Dunlin (Calidris alpina)
Dunlin are small shorebirds (compare size with the Ring-billed Gull)
Dunlin (Calidris alpina)
Dunlin foraging on a mudflat in belly-deep water during winter
Dunlin (Calidris alpina)
Winter Dunlin and Killdeer
Dunlin (Calidris alpina)
Winter (left) and summer (2 right) Dunlins
Dunlin (Calidris alpina)
Winter (left) and summer (right) Dunlins in flight
Dunlin (Calidris alpina)
Winter Dunlin in flight
Dunlin (Calidris alpina)
Dunlins in flight and Killdeer
Dunlin (Calidris alpina)
Dunlins in flight and Killdeer
Dunlin (Calidris alpina)
Dunlins and Killdeer in flight
Dunlin (Calidris alpina)
Dunlins in flight
Dunlin (Calidris alpina)
Dunlins and Killdeer in flight
Dunlin (Calidris alpina)
Dunlins and Killdeer in flight
Dunlin (Calidris alpina)
Dunlins and Killdeer in flight
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Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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