Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius) [version 1] American Ornithologists’ Union 1st edition (): Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularia) [version 1] American. Spotted Sandpiper cm; ยท5 g; wingspan cm. Smallish size and neatly spotted underparts distinctive; greenish-brown upperparts with dark. Spotted sandpipers (Actitis macularius) are found throughout North and Central America, including the western Caribbean islands. Their breeding range.

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Ravenal Ranch, Lyon County, Nevada. However I did note a second Spotted Sandpiper silently scurry away. Conservation Status Spotted sandpipers are common and widespread. Public comments No comments yet Only members are able to post public comments. To cite maculariks page: Easily identified in breeding plumage by the presence of dense ventral spots, the Spotted Sandpiper is also known as a little shorebird teetering along the water’s edge.

Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius) – BirdLife species factsheet

The genus name Actitis is from Ancient Greek aktites”coast-dweller”, derived from akte”coast”, and macularius is Latin from macula”spot”. The female then lays a clutch of 4 eggs occasionally 3.

In other words, Central and South America. Male sperm storage also occurs, as sperm are retained in the male epididymes in mammals for a period that can, in some cases, extend over several weeks or more, but here we use the term to refer only to sperm storage by females.


When breeding, females increase their food intake to offset the energy spent producing eggs. And other Spotted Sandpiper patterns are also unusual to shorebirds: They are typically located in marshes, on coastlines, and near other water sources.

This could be the call that the BNA calls the alarm call. Bird between seconds. About 20ft away near river bank.

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Petrolia, Humboldt County, California. View the full account on The Birds of North America Online In-depth, comprehensive species information and multimedia subscription required. Spotted sandpipers are diurnal. Breeding season time and energy budgets of the polyandrous Spotted Sandpiper. Playero Coleador Spanish Puerto Rico: The home range of spotted sandpipers is not known. For polyandrous females, the males’ territories are subsets within the female’s territory.

These works revealed the details of an amazing and previously little-understood breeding system that now is one of the best known among birds. Vegetation is dominated by stands of dense, spiny shrubs with tough hard or waxy evergreen macularuis.

Polyandry in the Spotted Sandpiper. Their common name derives from the bold black spots on their white undersides. In winter it can be found in shallow, muddy lagoons; creeks; canals and mudflats. And was alert to and seemed agitated by my presence.


Animals with bilateral symmetry have dorsal and ventral sides, as well as anterior and posterior ends. These birds forage on ground or water, picking up food by sight. To register to mzcularius click here.

In preparing this account, we have taken broad advantage of a fine unpublished doctoral dissertation by Theodora Nelson. The nests are built in the ground and consist of weeds or stems padding a shallow depression in the dirt. Scolopacidae Monotypic Authors needed After becoming independent, the young sandpipers join post-breeding flocks. Spotted Sandpipers along with several other species of scolopacids are among a small minority of birds that have reversed sex roles; i.

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Spotted sandpiper – Wikipedia

Referring to something living or located macularis to a waterbody usually, but not always, a river or stream. In breeding season, it is brown above and white below with dark brown spots on its chest and belly. They then court a mate, and the pair builds a nest together.