Pectoral Sandpiper

Scientific Name: Calidris melanotos
Malay Name: Kedidi Dada Hitam
Chinese Name: 斑胸滨鹬

A long-distance migrant breeding across far northern Russia and wintering in southern Australia and South America; recorded as a vagrant in southeast Asia.


Size: 19-23 cm

A medium-sized sandpiper, recalls Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, but differs from that species by sharply-demarcated white belly (clearly contrasting with brown patterning on breast), clean flanks, colder (less red) tones on crown, more distinct white supercilium, and usually pale-based bill. From the much smaller Long-toed Stint, told by stockier and taller appearance, and thicker bill. Wood Sandpiper is thinner-billed and slimmer.

Habitat: Primarily occupies flooded grasslands, freshwater wetlands, and marshes.

Behaviour/Ecology: Walks slowly and leisurely while feeding, unlike most smaller waders.

Local Status: Very rare vagrant

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

Location: One record of a single individual apparently wintering from 28 Oct 1999 to 3 Jan 2000 at Tanah Merah.


External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link

BirdLife International. (2016). Calidris melanotos. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Downloaded on 2 September 2021
Farmer, A., Holmes, R. T., & Pitelka, F. A. (2020). Pectoral Sandpiper (Calidris melanotos), Version 1.0 in del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D. A., & de Juana, E. (Eds.), Birds of the World. Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.