Order: Charadrifformes

Family: Scolopicidae

Genus: Calidris

Species: C. alpina


winter plumage







Dunlins are small shore birds with even smaller legs compared to their bodies. The Dunlin has two different plumages depending on the time of the year. During the Dunlins’ breeding period a male adult will have a rusty, red back, a finely streaked chest and a big black patch on it’s tummy. During the winter, an adult male Dunlin will have a brownish gray back with a light gray chest and white belly. The adult females look the same as the males but they are slightly larger with a longer bill. Dunlins have black, medium sized legs and a black stout bill that curves slightly downward at the tip. [Tekiela, S.]

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