Buff-breasted Sandpiper

General description.

The Buff-breasted Sandpiper, as its name implies, is almost totally manila colored on its face and underparts. Its legs are a pale orange-yellow. With its upright posture, this sandpiper looks like a smaller version of the Upland Sandpiper, and it inhabits the same grasslands environment.

Breeding habits.

The Buff-breasted Sandpiper breeds in the northernmost parts of Alaska and Canada.

Calls or song.

This bird sounds a low, "tik-tik-tik".

Population and distribution.

The peripatetic Buff-breasted Sandpiper inhabits grasslands as it moves through the Great Plains on its way to wintering in South America, an impressive amount of miles. The return trip to the Arctic tundra is confined to the Mississippi Valley and parts of the West.

Nesting habits.

The female Buff-breasted lays 4 buff eggs, splotched with brown, in a grass-lined nest on the tundra.

Similar birds:

Upland Sandpiper Photo Upland Sandpiper
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