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The Dunlin is a medium-sized sandpiper (also known as a shorebird, or a wader) that lives across much of the northern hemisphere. They are common shorebirds for many birders around the world. Like many other wading birds, they display different plumage in breeding season versus winter.
Our cute Birdorable Dunlin is shown here in full breeding plumage, including the conspicuous black belly patch.
Dunlins are gregarious outside of breeding season, and will form large flocks on coastal mudlfats or beaches. They feed on insects, mollusks, worms and crustaceans.
There are several collective nouns for Dunlin, including flight, trip, or fling, as in "I saw a large fling of Dunlin."
|Hatched||Added to Birdorable on: 05 May 2010|
|Scientific Name||Calidris alpina|
|Birdorable Family||Plovers & Shorebirds|
(as of 15 January 2017)
|Range||West Europe East Europe North Europe South Europe West Asia Central Asia East Asia Southeast Asia South Asia North Africa West Africa Central Africa East Africa North America Central America United States (West) United States (East)|