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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.

Common Names

  • Spotted Sandpiper (en)
  • Andarríos maculado, Playero manchado (es)
  • Chevalier grivelé (fr)
  • Drosseluferläufer (de)


  • Charadriiformes
  • Scolopacidae
  • Actitis macularius

Where & 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.

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.


Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius)

Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius)

Tadoussac - 2018-05-22

NIKON D500; 300mm f/4.0; Focal Length 420mm; Exposure 1/800; Aperture f5.6; Iso 125;

Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius)

Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius)

technopark - 2017-06-24

NIKON D500; 150-600mm f/5.0-6.3; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/1250; Aperture f6.3; Iso 560;

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