A stocky, compact shorebird of rocky Atlantic shorelines. Alternate Adult is densely patterned overall with dark gray and rufous tones, with heavily spotted and streaked underparts, finely streaked neck, dark auriculars, gray wings with rufous-edged coverts, short dark legs, and slightly drooping dark bill. Basic Adult is dark bluish-gray overall, less crisply patterned, with orangish legs and orange-based bill. Juvenile is bright and crisply patterned; wing coverts are heavily edged in white and rufous, breast and flanks are streaked dark with limited buffy wash. Rock Sandpiper of Pacific Coast is very similar, but ranges do not overlap.
Length: 23 (cm) Wingspan: 43 (cm)
Low, scratchy notes; similar to Rock Sandpiper.
Breeds on rocky tundra; winters along rocky coastlines and jetties.
Nest is a ground scrape. In winter, often forms small flocks, sometimes with Ruddy Turnstones.
Picks prey from rocky areas, sometimes at surf line; eats a variety of insects, mollusks, and other small aquatic organisms, and occasional plant material.
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