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About the Sanderling

Also known as: Ruddy Plover

The Sanderling is a small species of sandpiper. They have a large natural range which includes the Americas, Europe, Africa, and Australia. They are long-distant migrants.

Sanderlings are small wading birds. During the summer, they breed on islands and coastal areas in the high Arctic. They summer on sandy beaches in warmer climates.

During the winter, Sanderlings eat mostly small invertebrates. They feed by running along beaches picking up food items along the way. During nesting they feed on insects and vegetation.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 08 December 2010
Scientific Name Calidris alba
  • Charadriiformes
  • Scolopacidae
  • Calidris
  • C. alba
Birdorable Family Plovers & Shorebirds
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 28 January 2015)
Units: Imperial Metric
8 inches
17 inches
2.1 ounces
Range West Europe East Europe North Europe South Europe West Asia Central Asia East Asia Southeast Asia South Asia West Africa Central Africa East Africa South Africa North America Central America Caribbean South America United States (West) United States (East) Arctic Australia and New Zealand Oceania

International Names

  • Maçarico-branco (Brazilian)
  • jespák písečný (Czech)
  • Sandløber (Danish)
  • Drieteenstrandloper (Dutch)
  • pulmussirri (Finnish)
  • Bécasseau sanderling (French)
  • Sanderling (German)
  • Piovanello tridattilo (Italian)
  • ミユビシギ (miyubishigi) (Japanese)
  • 세가락도요 (Korean)
  • Sandløper (Norwegian)
  • piaskowiec (Polish)
  • Песчанка (Russian)
  • Correlimos Tridáctilo (Spanish)
  • Sandlöpare (Swedish)