Broad-billed Sandpiper

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Scientific Name: Calidris falcinellus

Malay Name: Kedidi Paruh Lebar

Chinese Name: 阔嘴鹬

Range: Two populations: falcinellus breeds in Scandinavia and northwest Russia and winters from east Africa to the Indian subcontinent; sibirica breeds in northeast Siberia and winters from northeast India to Australia.

Taxonomy: Polytypic. Subspecies are: falcinellus, sibirica.

Local Subspecies: sibirica

Size: 16-18 cm

Identification: A small wader with short legs and a somewhat rounded appearance. In all plumages, can be distinguished from other waders by relatively long bill decurved at its tip and distinctive split supercilium. Slightly larger Curlew Sandpiper and Dunlin have a more evenly decurved bill, lack the split supercilium, and, when in non-breeding colors, display less contrasting upperpart plumage. Red-necked and Little Stint are smaller and have shorter bills which lack the decurved tip. In breeding plumage, Broad-billed Sandpipers show rufous fringes to upperpart feathers and a more contrasting supercilium.

Similar looking species: Red-necked Stint, Curlew Sandpiper, Little Stint

Habitat: Mudflats, sandflats, and brackish lagoons.

Behaviour/Ecology: Walks slowly while feeding, scanning for prey from side to side; occasionally probes. Sometimes joins flocks of other waders.

Local Status: Rare migrant

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2019)

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Showing only accepted records. Note that records currently under review are also not displayed, and the list may not be a full list of records of this species in Singapore. For more details, check the database here.

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Broad-billed Sandpiper Calidris falcinellus
Average number of individuals by week based on Singapore Bird Database data, Jul 2016 to Jun 2023 (all records)
Peak weeks Jan 15-Jan 21, Jan 22-Jan 28, Jan 29-Feb 04
Early date 22 Jul 1986
Late date 22 Apr 1987
Another increasingly rare wader, with most of its records in recent years coming in the month of Sep. Look out for them in flocks of other shorebirds.


BirdLife International. (2019). Calidris falcinellus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2019. Accessed on 1 January 2023

Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.

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