Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius)

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 and 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.

Common Names

Spotted Sandpiper

Drosseluferläufer (de)
Andarríos maculado (es)
Chevalier grivelé (fr)


Actitis macularius

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