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

Drosseluferläufer [de]
Spotted Sandpiper [en]
Andarríos maculado, Playero manchado [es]
Chevalier grivelé [fr]


Actitis macularius

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