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

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 08 December 2010
Scientific Name
Calidris alba
  • Charadriiformes
  • Scolopacidae
  • Calidris
  • C. alba
Birdorable Family
Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 28 January 2015)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
8 inches
17 inches
2.1 ounces


International Names

Brazilian (Português brasileiro) Maçarico-branco
Czech (Cesky) jespák písečný
Danish (Dansk) Sandløber
Dutch (Nederlands) Drieteenstrandloper
Finnish (Suomi) pulmussirri
French (Français) Bécasseau sanderling
German (Deutsch) Sanderling
Italian (Italiano) Piovanello tridattilo
Japanese (日本語) ミユビシギ (miyubishigi)
Korean (한국어) 세가락도요
Norwegian (Norsk) Sandløper
Polish (Polski) piaskowiec
Russian (русский язык) Песчанка
Spanish (Español) Correlimos Tridáctilo
Swedish (Svenska) Sandlöpare
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