Dunlin

Calidris alpina

Dunlin

Length:

16cm to 20cm

Wingspan:

35cm to 40cm

Weight:

40g to 50g

About the Dunlin

The dunlin is the most common wading bird that can be found along the coast in the UK. They have a very distinctive black path on their belly whilst in breeding plumage. As with most wading birds, they have a slightly down-curved bill.

The dunlin feeds in flocks in winter on saltmarshes, fields and shores when the tide is high. This can sometimes range into the thousands which can be a magnificent sight.

What does a Dunlin eat?

Their diets mainly consist of snails, worms and insects.

Other birds in the Sandpipers, snipes and phalaropes family