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Sandpiper (Spotted)

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Actitis macularius
Sandpiper (Spotted)


They live along fresh waterways throughout Southern North America and through South America and all along the west coast and southern east coast.They spend the summer breeding all across North America from Alaska and Canada, south.


They live along fresh waterways inland and along the coasts.

Body Traits

They have medium long neck, beak and legs. They have a brown back with lighter underparts with brown spots. They have a thing, white eye eyebrow and dark crown. Beak and legs are yellowish.


They walk along the shore and wade and shallow water with their head held down looking for prey. When they spot prey the head darts forward and they snatch it up. They tail bobs up and down continuously. They have a shallow rapid wing beat, while flying.


They eat insects, crayfish, snails, and other small creatures (invertebrates) found along and in the water.

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They build a nest of grass on the ground near the water where they feed. The female lays up to 5 whitish spotty eggs.

Sandpiper (Spotted)


Domain:    Eukarya
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Aves
Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Scolopacidae
Genus: Actitis
Species: A. macularius

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