LBI Purple Sandpiper Breeding adults are mostly gray above and whitish below, with…


Purple Sandpiper

Breeding adults are mostly gray above and whitish below, with extensive dark speckling on the breast and flanks. Some of the back and shoulder feathers are edged in reddish brown. The legs and base of the bill are orange. Nonbreeding adults are rich slaty gray overall, with a hard-to-see violet or purple sheen to some wing feathers (tertials, coverts). Juveniles show pale edges to the feathers of the upperparts, lending a scaly appearance.

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