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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.

Common Names

  • Least Sandpiper (en)
  • Correlimos enano, Menudilla, Becacina, Tinguís, Patudo, C​hichicuilote (es)
  • Bécasseau minuscule (fr)
  • Wiesenstrandläufer (de)


  • Charadriiformes
  • Scolopacidae
  • Calidris minutilla

Where & When to Spot

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

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.


Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla)

Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla)

Tadoussac - 2018-05-22

NIKON D500; 300mm f/4.0; Focal Length 420mm; Exposure 1/800; Aperture f5.6; Iso 180;

Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla)

Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla)

This Least Sandpiper is almost hidden among the stones and sand of the beach near Tadoussac.

Tadoussac - 2013-08-18

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS; 4.3-215mm; Focal Length 135mm; Exposure 1/160; Aperture f5.6; Iso 125;

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