Spotted sandpipers Actitis macularius are found throughout North and Central America, including the western Caribbean islands. Their breeding range extends from the northern Arctic to the southern United States. Their wintering grounds range from the extreme southern United States to southern South America, along with all the Caribbean islands. Spotted sandpipers live year-round along the western coast of the United States and in parts of California. Oring, et al. Spotted sandpipers breed in a variety of habitats ranging in elevation from sea level to 4, m.
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The genus name Actitis is from Ancient Greek aktites , "coast-dweller", derived from akte , "coast", and macularius is Latin from macula , "spot". Together with its sister species the common sandpiper A. They replace each other geographically; stray birds may settle down with breeders of the other species and hybridize. Their breeding habitat is near fresh water across most of Canada and the United States.
Your login: Password:. Enter your login name or your email address and click on Send reminder to receive a reminder by email. The Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularius syn. Together with its sister species, the Common Sandpiper A. They replace each other geographically; stray birds may settle down with breeders of the other species and hybridize. Source: Wikipedia. Taxonomic status: Species status: full species Your sightings.
Spotted sandpipers are medium-sized sandpipers. They are 10 to 18 cm long and have wingspans of 37 to 40 cm. Females are larger than males; they weigh 43 to 50 g compared to 34 to 41 g for males. Spotted sandpipers are brown on their crown, neck, back and wings, and bright white on their face, throat, chest and belly.