Purple Sandpiper (Calidris maritima) - HBW 3, p. 525
French: Bécasseau violet
Spanish: Correlimos Oscuro
Taxonomy: Tringa Maritima Brünnich, 1764, Christiansø Islands, off Bornholm, Denmark.
Formerly placed in genus Erolia. Forms superspecies with C. ptilocnemis, with which sometimes considered conspecific. Considerable geographical variation in size may warrant recognition of at least two subspecies. Monotypic.
Distribution: Arctic and subarctic, from NE Canada through Greenland, Iceland, Svalbard and Franz Josef Land to NW Siberia; also N temperate regions of Fenno-Scandia. Winters on coasts of E North America and NW Europe.
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VideosSee all 25 videos
A bird in winter plumage foraging on rocks. Locality Playa del Camello, Santander, Cantabria, Spain (Monotypic species)
Josep del Hoyo 6 December 2008 5 years ago 57 sec 4.5
Individuals in winter plumage foraging on a near-vertical sea wall Locality Scarborough, North Yorkshire, Yorkshire, England, Great Britain (Monotypic species)
Greg Baker 30 March 2002 2 years ago 54 sec 4.4
A bird feeding along the shore. Locality Brouwersdam, Zeeland Province, Netherlands (Monotypic species)
Yoel Jimenez 2 November 2013 21 weeks ago 1 min 31 sec 4.4
A large group resting and preening on the coast. Locality Vadso, Varanger Peninsula, Finnmark County, Norway (Monotypic species)
Josep del Hoyo 4 April 2010 3 years ago 32 sec 4.3
A bird in winter plumage foraging under the rain. Locality Playa del Camello, Santander, Cantabria, Spain (Monotypic species)
Josep del Hoyo 6 December 2008 5 years ago 48 sec 4.3
A bird eating seaweeds on a beach. Locality Berlevag, Finnmark County, Norway (Monotypic species)
Josep del Hoyo 3 April 2010 3 years ago 26 sec 4.2
PhotosSee all 33 photos
A first winter bird standing on a rock.
Locality Toronto, Ontario, Canada (Monotypic species)
David Beadle 21 December 2013 17 weeks ago 4.6
A bird looking for food in the rocks of the beach
Locality Gijón, Asturias, Spain (ssp maritima)
Jose Ramon 6 December 2009 13 weeks ago 4.5
2nd year bird in wintering area
Locality Cuxhaven, Lower Saxony, Germany (Monotypic species)
Pascal Eckhoff 9 February 2013 7 weeks ago 4.4
A bird sitting on the kelp in the intertidal zone.
Locality Varanger Peninsula, Finnmark County, Norway (Monotypic species)
Boris Nikolov 9 October 2010 2 years ago 4.4
Resting on a rock
Locality Howth, Fingal County, Dublin Region, Ireland
Marco Valentini 25 March 2012 2 years ago 4.4
Locality Herdla, Hordaland County, Norway
Geir Jensen 5 January 2012 2 years ago 4.2
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