Family Sandpipers, Snipes, Phalaropes (Scolopacidae)

Least Concern

Baird's Sandpiper (Calidris bairdii)


French: Bécasseau de Baird German: Bairdstrandläufer Spanish: Correlimos de Baird

Actodromus Bairdii


, 1861,

Great Slave Lake, Canada


Formerly placed in genus Erolia or alternatively in Pisobia. Monotypic.


Wrangel I and Chukotskiy Peninsula E across Alaska and N Canada to Ellesmere I, C Baffin I and NW Greenland. Winters in W & S South America, from Peru and extreme S Brazil to Tierra del Fuego.

Descriptive notes

14–17 cm; 32–63 g; wingspan 36–40 cm. Small sandpiper with long wings and short legs; black-brown crown, nape, mantle and scapulars with broad buff and... read more


Four main vocalizations recorded in breeding season: a call of few to many simple, low-pitched,... read more


Low mountaintops, river terraces and coastal barren areas and bluffs in high Arctic tundra; dry,... read more

Food and feeding

During breeding, mainly insects, such as chironomid and cranefly larvae and adults, and beetles; also spiders. On migration, adult and... read more


Lays Jun, occasionally early Jul, although there is some evidence of an advance in laying dates in N Alaska in recent years. Monogamous.... read more


Migratory. Many migrate inland, across North American prairies, Rockies and N Andes, often staging... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Total population estimated at 50,000–300,000 birds, probably within range 90,000–150,000 individuals, and thought to be... read more

Recommended citation

Van Gils, J., Wiersma, P. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Baird's Sandpiper (Calidris bairdii). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 19 February 2020).