Curlew Sandpiper

Calidris ferruginea

Armenian Name: Կարմրախածի ավազակտցար
Curlew  Sandpiper

See Plate 30 for Curlew Sandpiper and other similar species

Resident Status: Migrant
Abundance: Uncommon
Length:18-19 cm, Wing Span:42-46 cm
Distribution Map: Map 142.
Description: Relatively long decurved bill, and white rump visible in flight.
Adult (Breeding): Orange-red from head to belly. Crown and mantle streaked black. Black bill and legs.
Adult (Non-breeding): Plain pale gray above, white below.
Juvenile: Like non-breeding adults but more darkly scaled above; back and wing coverts neatly edged with pale yellow. Breast yellowish-white with faint streaks.
Similar Species: Non-breeding and juvenile differ from Dunlin by white rump.
Behavior: Often seen with Dunlin and Little Stint. Wades in shallow water.
Habitat: Shores of ponds and lakes, marshes.
Food: Worms and other aquatic invertebrates.