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Semipalmated Sandpiper

Calidris pusilla

Order

CHARADRIIFORMES

Family

Sandpipers (Scolopacidae)

BTO 2

TR

BTO 5

TERSA

Euring 5

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

UK Conservation Status


Not Assessed

European Conservation Status


Conservation Description


In the UK, Isle of Man, and Ireland, the Semipalmated Sandpiper is a very rare migrant with around two records per year on average. It is most likely to occur from August to October. The conservation status for this species is "not assessed' in the UK because it only occurs as a rare migrant.

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PHOTO SHARING AND DISCUSSION

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BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY

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SUMMARY

Overview

Semipalmated Sandpiper: This small sandpiper has scaled grey-brown upperparts, white underparts and fine streaks on the breast and sides. It has a short, stout, straight black bill and black legs and feet. It feeds on insects, worms, small molluscs and crustaceans. Swift flight on rapidly beating wings. Sexes are similar.


Range and Habitat

Semipalmated Sandpiper: Rare vagrant to the UK & Ireland. Breeds in lower Arctic regions from western Alaska to Labrador. Migrates through central North America to the Atlantic coast to reach its wintering grounds, which extend from the extreme southern U.S. to the Caribbean Islands and South America. Preferred habitats include shorelines and mudflats.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Xeno-Canto Sound

Semipalmated Sandpiper A1

  • Title: Semipalmated Sandpiper A1
  • Recordist: Andrew Spencer
  • Description: Alarm calls as a bird flushes.
  • Location: AK
  • Date: "March 16, 2017"

Semipalmated Sandpiper A2

  • Title: Semipalmated Sandpiper A2
  • Recordist: Andrew Spencer
  • Description: Song during a display flight.
  • Location: AK
  • Date: "March 16, 2017"

Semipalmated Sandpiper C1

  • Title: Semipalmated Sandpiper C1
  • Recordist: Paul Marvin
  • Description: Rapid chatter calls and "chert" calls from an individual.
  • Location: FL
  • Date: "March 16, 2017"

Semipalmated Sandpiper C2

  • Title: Semipalmated Sandpiper C2
  • Recordist: Paul Marvin
  • Description: Aggressive calls between two birds in a flock.
  • Location: FL
  • Date: "March 16, 2017"

Semipalmated Sandpiper C3

  • Title: Semipalmated Sandpiper C3
  • Recordist: Paul Marvin
  • Description: Calls from a bird in flight.
  • Location: FL
  • Date: "March 16, 2017"

Voice Text

"Churk", "churp", "kee-kee-kee-kee"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • A group of sandpipers has many collective nouns, including a "bind", "contradiction", "fling", "hill", and "time-step" of sandpipers.
  • The word "semipalmated," referring to the birds' toes, means "half-webbed." Actually the toes are only slightly lobed at their bases, but they do help the birds to walk on mud without sinking.

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BACKYARD BIRDING

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BIRDS AND BIRDING

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UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
BreastX
The upper front part of a bird.
4 and 6 letter alpha codesX

The four letter common name alpha code is is derived from the first two letters of the common first name and the first two letters of common last name. The six letter species name alpha code is derived from the first three letters of the scientific name (genus) and the first three letters of the scientific name (species). See (1) below for the rules used to create the codes..

Four-letter (for English common names) and six-letter (for scientific names) species alpha codes were developed by Pyle and DeSante (2003, North American Bird-Bander 28:64-79) to reflect A.O.U. taxonomy and nomenclature (A.O.U. 1998) as modified by Supplements 42 (Auk 117:847-858, 2000) and 43 (Auk 119:897-906, 2002). The list has been updated by Pyle and DeSante to reflect changes reported by the A.O.U from 2003 through 2006.

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ITIS CodesX

The Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS) was established in the mid-1990 s as a cooperative project among several federal agencies to improve and expand upon taxonomic data (known as the NODC Taxonomic Code) maintained by the National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

To find the ITIS page for a bird species go to the ITIS web site advanced search and report page at http://www.itis.gov/advanced_search.html. You can enter the TSN or the common name of the bird. It will return the ITIS page for that bird. Another way to obtain the ITIS page is to use the Google search engine. Enter the string ITIS followed by the taxonomic ID, for example "ITIS 178041" will return the page for the Allen's Hummingbird.

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