Calidris alpina

(C. a. alpina)

Armenian Name: Սևախածի ավազակտցար

See Plate 30 for Dunlin and other similar species

Resident Status: Migrant
Abundance: Uncommon
Length:16-20 cm, Wing Span:38-43 cm
Distribution Map: Map 141.
Description: Sandpiper with slightly decurved bill and dark line down rump.
Adult (Breeding): Streaked reddish crown, mantle, back, and scapulars; large black patch on belly.
Adult (Non-breeding): Pale gray breast and upperparts; white underparts.
Juvenile: Like non-breeding adult but darker with narrow pale edges to upperparts; underparts dull white with dense spotting on belly.
Similar Species: Differs from all other small sandpipers in breeding plumage by black belly patch; in non-breeding plumage, by combination of black legs, dark central rump, and relatively long decurved bill.
Behavior: Highly gregarious. Gait includes rapid runs and side-stepping.
Habitat: Shores of lakes and reservoirs, floodplains.
Food: Invertebrates.