Birds of the World

Scolopacidae : Sandpipers

Curlew Sandpiper

Calidris ferruginea

Adult breeding - Lesvos, Greece - May 2006

In breeding plumage the combination of the brick-red underparts and the relatively long, curved bill render the Curlew Sandpiper unmistakable.  It only occurs as a passage migrant in Europe.

Adult moulting into breeding plumage - Lesvos, Greece - May 2006