Family Sandpipers, Snipes, Phalaropes (Scolopacidae)

Least Concern

White-rumped Sandpiper (Calidris fuscicollis)


French: Bécasseau à croupion blanc German: Weißbürzel-Strandläufer Spanish: Correlimos culiblanco

Tringa fuscicollis


, 1819,



Formerly placed in genus Erolia; has been included in Ereunetes. Thought to have hybridized with C. alpina#R. Monotypic.


N Alaska and N Canada E to S Baffin I. Winters in SE South America, from CE Brazil to Tierra del Fuego; Falkland Is.

Descriptive notes

15–18 cm; 28–66 g; wingspan 36–38 cm. White uppertail-coverts contrast with dark rump and tail; yellow base to lower mandible; crown, cheeks, mantle and... read more


Commonest call, frequently heard away from breeding grounds, is a thin, high-pitched “jeet” or “... read more


Breeds in low areas on marshy, hummocky tundra, well vegetated with mosses, grasses, sedges or... read more

Food and feeding

Invertebrates, including adult and larval insects, such as grasshoppers, beetles and craneflies, also spiders, small molluscs, crustaceans... read more


Lays early to mid Jun. Polygynous. Solitary; territory vigorously defended by male during egg-laying; birds often foraging outside... read more


Migratory. Migrates in few, non-stop jumps of up to 4000 km; flies from NE North America over W... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Population 50,000–100,000 birds, with 25,000 on Banks I (1959), 15,000 on Prince of Wales I and adjacent islands (1961), only... read more

Recommended citation

Van Gils, J., Wiersma, P. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). White-rumped Sandpiper (Calidris fuscicollis). 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 21 February 2020).