Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla)

The smallest shorebird, breeding in Canada, building the nest on the ground near water. This bird eats mostly insects, crustaceans and snails. Offsprings feed themselves and are able to fly within 2 weeks.

How To Identify

This species has greenish legs and a short dark bill. Upper parts are brown with a fine light line above the eyes and the belly is white.

Where and When to Spot

I observed this species along the shore in Tadoussac and Newfoundland.


Photos of this species with information about where, when the photo has been taken; camera, lens used and camera settings.

  • Tadoussac

    Tuesday, May 22, 2018

    NIKON D500
    300.0 mm f/4.0

    Focal Length 420mm
    Shutter Speed 1/800s
    Aperture f5.6
    ISO 180

  • Tadoussac

    Sunday, August 18, 2013

    Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
    4.3-215.0 mm

    Focal Length 135mm
    Shutter Speed 1/160s
    Aperture f5.6
    ISO 125


Calidris minutilla