PORT PHILLIP BAY


Sharp-tailed Sandpiper 

Calidris acuminata

View scientific description and taxonomy

Scientific Details

See below for information.

Taxonomy

Phylum:
Chordata
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Class:
Aves
Order:
Charadriiformes
Family:
Scolopacidae
Genus:
Calidris
Species:
acuminata

General Description

Upper body mottled brown with yellow-brown edges. Underparts white with pale brown streaks on the breast and sides of the belly. Curved white stripe above the eye and brown stripe through the eye. Legs dark green. Bill black. Body up to 20 cm long.

Biology

Sharp-tailed Sandpipers migrate from the northern hemisphere where they breed, to Victoria in summer. They arrive in September and depart in February-March.

Habitat

Intertidal mudflats, also freshwater swamps and saltwater lakes.

Coastal shores

Distribution guide

Worldwide.

Species Group

Birds Sandpipers and curlews

Max Size

20 cm

Diet

Carnivore

Commercial Species

Yes

Global Dispersal

Recorded in Australia

Conservation Status

  • DSE Advisory List : Not listed
  • EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
  • IUCN Red List : Least Concern

Author

article author Longmore, N. W.

Wayne Longmore is a Senior Collection manager of terrestrial vertebrates at Museum Victoria.

Author

article author O'Brien, R.

Rory O'Brien is a Collection Manager of terrestrial vertebrates at Museum Victoria.

citation

Cite this page as:
Longmore, N. W. & O'Brien, R., 2011, Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Calidris acuminata, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 23 Aug 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/7977

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