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Broad-billed Sandpiper

Limicola falcinellus

Order

CHARADRIIFORMES

Family

Sandpipers (Scolopacidae)

BTO 2

OA

BTO 5

BRBSA

Euring 5

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CONSERVATION STATUS

UK Conservation Status


Not Assessed

European Conservation Status


Conservation Description


In the UK, Isle of Man, and Ireland, the Broad-billed Sandpiper is a very rare migrant with around four records per year on average. It is most likely to occur from May to September. The conservation status for this species is "not assessed' in the UK because it only occurs as a rare migrant, and is not globally threatened.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Broad-billed Sandpiper: Small sandpiper with a long bill that curves down at the tip. Pale-edged dark brown feathers on upperparts give a scaled appearance; back shows two pale streaks in flight; underparts are white with dark spots on breast and neck. Head has dark cap and forked white eyebrows.


Range and Habitat

Broad-billed Sandpiper: Breeds in Scandinavia and northwest Russia and winters primarily on coastlines of South Asia and Australasia, also found in parts of India and the Arabian peninsula. Habitats used during nonbreeding season range from muddy pond margins and wet meadows to rocky beaches and tidal mudflats. Rare vagrant to the UK and Ireland.

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SONGS AND CALLS

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Broad-billed Sandpiper S1

  • Title: Broad-billed Sandpiper S1
  • Recordist: Niels Krabbe
  • Description: Alarm calls made when flushed.
  • Location: se
  • Date: "March 15, 2017"

Broad-billed Sandpiper P1

  • Title: Broad-billed Sandpiper P1
  • Recordist: Patrik Aberg
  • Description: High-pitched calls from a migrating flock.
  • Location: se
  • Date: "March 15, 2017"

Broad-billed Sandpiper P2

  • Title: Broad-billed Sandpiper P2
  • Recordist: Patrik Aberg
  • Description: Song is a series of rolling, high-pitched trills.
  • Location: se
  • Date: "March 15, 2017"

Broad-billed Sandpiper W1

  • Title: Broad-billed Sandpiper W1
  • Recordist: Thijs Fijen
  • Description: Calls given in flight.
  • Location: om
  • Date: "March 15, 2017"

Voice Text

"bree, bree, bree"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • A group of sandpipers has many collective nouns, including a "bind", "contradiction", "fling", "hill", and "time-step" of sandpipers.
  • The Broad-billed Sandpiper is the only member of the genus Limicola.
  • They often feed while wading, in water so deep that they have to submerge their heads and necks in order to probe the underlying mud.
  • unlike most other small wading birds, which often occur in flocks of hundreds of birds, they are found in groups of less than 10.

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