16cm to 20cm
35cm to 40cm
40g to 50g
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.
Their diets mainly consist of snails, worms and insects.
Belonging to a group of birds generally called waders or shorebirds, the common sandpiper prefers freshwater habitats as opposed to saltwater locations.