Buff-breasted Sandpiper

Buff-breasted Sandpiper
Buff-breasted Sandpiper Calidris subruficollis, non-breeding adult, Bolivia. Buff-breasted Sandpiper breeds northern North America and extreme northeast Russia. Winters South America. Rarely recorded Japan and Taiwan. Likely rare vagrant to mainland China. Resembles juvenile Ruff C. pugnax but is much smaller and has smaller, more rounded head and shorter bill. (Daniel Bengtsson)
Buff-breasted Sandpiper
Buff-breasted Sandpiper, juvenile, Bolivia. (Daniel Bengtsson)


Brazil, Mark (2009). Birds of East Asia. Princeton University Press, New Jersey.

Brazil, Mark (2018). Birds of Japan. Helm Field Guides, London.

MacKinnon, John (2020). Guide to the Birds of China. Oxford University Press.


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Great Knot Calidris tenuirostris
Red Knot C. canutus
Ruff C. pugnax
Broad-billed Sandpiper C. falcinellus
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper C. acuminata
Curlew Sandpiper C. ferruginea
Temminck’s Stint C. temminckii
Long-toed Stint C. subminuta
Spoon-billed Sandpiper C. pygmaea
Red-necked Stint C. ruficollis
Sanderling C. alba
Dunlin C. alpina
Rock Sandpiper C. ptilocnemis
Baird’s Sandpiper C. bairdii
Little Stint C. minuta
Least Sandpiper C. minutilla
White-rumped Sandpiper C. fuscicollis
Buff-breasted Sandpiper C. subruficollis
Pectoral Sandpiper C. melanotos
Western Sandpiper C. mauri

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