Calidris alpina


16cm to 20cm


35cm to 40cm


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

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