Upland Sandpiper

General description.

This "pigeon-headed" member of the plover family is larger than a Killdeer, but with no distinctive markings. His upper parts are brown; the underparts lighter and streaked. When alighting, he holds wings upwards briefly, exposing black and white barring on underwings. His long tail is wedge shaped. His legs, yellowish.

Flight pattern.

The Upland Sandpiper often flies with wings held in a downward curve.

Breeding habits.

The Upland Sandpiper of grasslands and meadow, breeds in Alaska to north-central United States and New England. It migrates over most of North America, east of the Rockies, to South America.

Calls or song.

This sandpiper gives off a mellow alarm call, "quip-ip-ip-ip" and a long, mournful whistle at other times.

Population and distribution.

Hunted to near extinction, the Upland Sandpiper is now protected and its numbers increasing.

Nesting habits.

Four pretty pinkish-buff eggs with brown spots are laid in a nest of grass in a hollow on the ground.
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