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.

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Details & Statistics


The Sanderling is listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List and was last assessed in 2012 by BirdLife International. This species has an extremely large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation). The population trend is not known, but the population is not believed to be decreasing sufficiently rapidly to approach the thresholds under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size is very large, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.

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