Rock sandpiper Calidris ptilocnemis

Identification Tips:

Adult alternate:

Adult basic:


Similar species:

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, sanderlings, and surfbirds have more white in the wings. The Purple Sandpiper is very similar in basic plumage but is found on the Atlantic Coast.