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.
Identified as being from a group of birds known as Waders, within North America they are generally referred to as Shorebirds. This monotypic species, a long distance migrant, is considered to have an Amber Conservation Status otherwise known as Near Threatened.
Belonging to a group of birds generally called waders or shorebirds, the common sandpiper prefers freshwater habitats as opposed to saltwater locations.
An impressive, proud looking wader with particularly fine summer plumage which migrates south from its northern breeding grounds from July to October, returning for the summer from late February through April.