Common Sandpiper

Actitis hypoleucos

Armenian Name: Սպիտակավիզ կտցար
Species Status: Undetermined Species - Species of Special Concern
Common Sandpiper

See Plate 28 for Common Sandpiper and other similar species

Resident Status: Breeding bird
Abundance: Uncommon
Length:19-21 cm, Wing Span:38-41 cm
Distribution Map: Map 132.
Description: Short legs and long tail. Pale gray-brown breast and upperparts with white thumb-shaped mark between breast and wing. Short dark bill; greenish-gray legs.
Similar Species: Differs from other sandpipers by combination of small size, white wing stripe and outertail, and flight action.
Behavior: Bobs tail constantly. Flies low over water; rapid flickering wingbeats alternate with stiff-winged glides.
Habitat: Lake shores, river banks.
Food: Aquatic invertebrates.
Nest: Lined ground scrape or cup near shore.
Eggs: 35 mm, 4, off-white, red-brown spots.