Least Sandpiper

Taken by Don Edwards

Calidris minutilla

This is the smallest species of shorebird that can be found anywhere in the continent. Its yellow or greenish legs and short, dark bill can be used to identify it. This is a small bird, and can be difficult to identify when compared to other, small shore birds. They are a vagrant species of bird, traveling all over North America over the course of a year. They breed in Tundra areas and travel to other areas during the winter, staying close to water sources. Their food comes from the water, and they feed on crustaceans, insects and snails. They are listed as “Least Concern” by the IUCN.

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