Dunlin Calidris alpina

Identification Tips:

Adult alternate:

Adult basic:


Similar species:

In alternate plumage, the black belly is also found in the Rock Sandpiper. The Rock Sandpiper has less extensive black on the belly and yellow legs. In basic and juvenile plumages, the Dunlin is similar to several other species. It is a darker gray than Western Sandpiper and Sanderling. The Dunlin lacks the white rump of White-rumped and Curlew Sandpiper. Purple Sandpiper is darker gray above and has yellow legs. In flight, the Dunlin has a more substantial wing stripe than peep.