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Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularius

Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularius

Aves > Charadriiformes > Scolopacidae

Names in different Languages

EnglishSpotted Sandpiper
FrenchChevalier grivelé
SpanishAndarríos maculado, Playero manchado


Spotted Sandpiper is a small shorebird found along fresh water. It nests on the ground. Interestingly, a female mates with different males during a breeding season and she leaves egg incubation to them.

How to Identify

Although the different sandpipers’ species are difficult to identify, for the Spotted Sandpiper, I look if the whole breast and belly have grey or brownish spots [breeding season]. The beak is yellowish with a dark tip.

Where When to Spot

I only saw a Spotted Sandpiper once, foraging along a small pond in between Technopark and Airport in Montreal. Unfortunately, these ponds have been dried out by the landlord.