Chunky and short legged, this sandpiper is dark of breast well down over the "pectoral muscles". Its wings are also dark, in flight, with no discernible stripe.
Another marathoner, the Pectoral Sandpiper migrates from the Arctic Coast to Patagonia each year.
This sandpiper breeds in the Tundra from Alaska east to Hudson Bay.
Calls or song.
The Pectoral Sandpiper call is a loud, rolling "krrrrp", however, when in flight, it emits a grating, "snipe-like" "Krieker" call.
Population and distribution.
The Pectoral Sandpiper is as ubiquitous in the interior of the country as it is on both coasts as it migrates south. In the past when pursued as game, hunters called this bird the "Grass Snipe" for its preference for grassy meadows, golf courses and airports after a heavy rain. Of course, the Pectoral Sandpiper is also found in salt creeks and tidal flats.
The female Pectoral lays four buff white eggs, marked with brown, in a hollow in the ground.