- Length: 7.5 inches
- Small shorebird
- Medium-sized, thin, dark bill with yellow base
- Yellow legs
- Black patch on rump extending onto tail
- Thin, white wing stripe
- Sexes similar
- Dark gray streaked head
- Pale indistinct supercilium with dark cheeks and crown
- Black back feathers and wing coverts with thin white edges
- Dark gray breast with dark streaks and spots extending onto white
- Dark gray head without darker streaks
- Dark gray breast with streaks extending onto flanks
- Very dark back with thin gray edges
- Similar to adult alternate
- Black back feathers and wing coverts with neat white edges
- Dark streaking on breast
This sandpiper is most likely to be found on rocks in coastal areas. Other
small shorebirds are paler and lack the yellow legs and yellow-based bill.
In flight, turnstones and sanderlings have more white in the wings.
Length and wingspan from: Robbins, C.S., Bruun, B., Zim, H.S., (1966). Birds of North America. New York: Western Publishing Company, Inc.