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Pectoral Sandpiper (Calidris melanotos)
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Pectoral Sandpiper (Calidris melanotos)

General Description: Pectoral Sandpipers (Calidris melanotos) are medium-sized, chunky shorebirds with a mottled brown back, white belly, and streaked front. The streaks end in a fairly distinct line across the chest. The legs are yellow-green. The bill is medium-length and droops slightly towards the tip.

Taxonomy: Charadriiformes, Scolopacidae, Scolopacinae.

Favored Habitat: Wet places such as meadows, mudflats, flooded fields, and pond edges in the high arctic during summer and South America during winter.

Pectoral Sandpiper (Calidris melanotos)

Where to Find: Don't look for Pectoral Sandpipers around Las Vegas. They mostly migrate through the central and eastern U.S., but occasionally they show up around Las Vegas during migration, so keep an eye out at the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve, in the Pahranagat Valley, and at the Overton Wildlife Management Area.

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Pectoral Sandpiper (Calidris melanotos) If you were a tasty water bug, this might be the last face you ever see!
Pectoral Sandpiper (Calidris melanotos)
note the medium-length bill and streaked front
Pectoral Sandpiper (Calidris melanotos)
note the medium-length bill and streaked front
Pectoral Sandpiper (Calidris melanotos) Pectoral Sandpiper (Calidris melanotos)
Pectoral Sandpiper (Calidris melanotos) more to come ...
Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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