Scientific Name: Calidris melanotos
Malay Name: Kedidi Dada Hitam
Chinese Name: 斑胸滨鹬
Range: 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
Identification: 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: Vagrant
Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)
Migrant bar chart (see more bar charts):
Pectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotos Average number of individuals by week based on Singapore Bird Database data, Jul 2013 to Jun 2023 (all records)
BirdLife International. (2016). Calidris melanotos. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22693408A93404396.en. Accessed on 1 January 2023
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. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.pecsan.01
Bird Society of Singapore. (n.d.). Pectoral Sandpiper. Retrieved on December 4, 2023 from https://singaporebirds.com/species/pectoral-sandpiper.