Broad-billed Sandpiper

Limicola falcinellus

(L. f. falcinellus)

Armenian Name: Տիղմակտցար
Broad-billed Sandpiper

See Plate 30 for Broad-billed Sandpiper and other similar species

Resident Status: Migrant
Abundance: Rare
Length:16-17 cm, Wing Span:37-39 cm
Distribution Map: Map 143.
Description: Bill with downward kink near tip; green-gray legs and split supercilium.
Adult (Breeding): Blackish-brown upperparts with whitish lines on back; neck and breast heavily streaked with brown, white belly.
Adult (Non-breeding): Pale gray above; white below with lightly streaked breast. Supercilium and eyestripe remain prominent.
Juvenile: Like breeding adult but with pale edges on upperparts; breast less streaked.
Similar Species: Differs from Dunlin and Curlew Sandpiper by down-kinked bill, shorter stouter legs, and split supercilium.
Behavior: Single birds usually found in groups of other small shorebirds. Wades freely but does not swim.
Habitat: Muddy shores of ponds and lakes, often with vegetation.
Food: Aquatic invertebrates.