Family Sandpipers, Snipes, Phalaropes (Scolopacidae)

Near Threatened

Buff-breasted Sandpiper (Calidris subruficollis)


French: Bécasseau roussâtre German: Grasläufer Spanish: Correlimos canelo

Tringa subruficollis


, 1819,



Hitherto placed in monotypic Tryngites, but recent study indicates that latter is embedded within Calidris#R (see also under Tribe Calidrini). Monotypic.


Wrangel I, Ayon I and N coast of Chukotka; Barrow area (N Alaska) E in N Canada to Boothia Peninsula, and irregularly N to Devon I. Winters from SE Bolivia, Paraguay and S Brazil to Uruguay and NE Argentina.

Descriptive notes

18–20 cm; male 53–117 g; female 46–81 g; wingspan 43–47 cm. Medium-sized wader with small, round head, fairly long neck and warm buff face and... read more


Considered to be generally rather quiet, with the most characteristic and frequently heard sound... read more


Breeds in high Arctic on well-drained sandy tundra with tussocks and scant vegetation, or with... read more

Food and feeding

Diet rather poorly known During migration and on breeding grounds, takes terrestrial invertebrates, especially adults, larvae and pupae of... read more


Lays early to late Jun. Sexes arrive on breeding grounds simultaneously. Polygynous; uses lekking system, where 2–10 males in... read more


Migrates, probably non-stop, through interior North America, mainly Canadian prairies and C USA,... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considerd Near Threatened. Total population estimated at maximum of 30,000 birds and perhaps just 15,000 individuals, although recent... read more

Recommended citation

Van Gils, J., Wiersma, P. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Buff-breasted Sandpiper (Calidris subruficollis). 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 20 February 2020).