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Common Sandpiper

Common Sandpiper
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Copyright: Ang Hwee Yong (Meerkat) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 20 W: 0 N: 896] (5258)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-01-18
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, Tamron SP AF200-500mm f5-6.3 Di LD
Exposure: f/8, 1/1600 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-02-23 3:17
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Common Sandpiper
Actitis hypoleucos

Main features: Small (19-21cm), white eyebrows, brown side of breast, faintly barred wing coverts; bill short (2-3cm); legs short greenish.

Summer/ breeding: Arrow-shaped markings on the back.

Winter/non-breeding: Plain grey-brown back, faint bars on coverts.

Juvenile: Buff edges to feathers of brown parts.

Call: Described as a high-pitched descending piping see-see-see-see or twee-wee-wee in flight. Noisy when breeding or migrating, but feed silently.

In flight: Dark rump, barred white edges to dark tail, white diagonal wing bar meeting white trailing edges of primaries.

Fly with characteristic stiff wingbeats, alternating with short glides on down-turned wings, skimming over water.

Status in Singapore: Very common winter visitor throughout the island and offshore islands.

World distribution: Throughout the Old World, including Australia.

Classification: Family Scolopacidae. World 88 species, Singapore 34 species. From the Order Charadiiformes.

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