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Dunlin

Calidris alpina

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Small shorebird, slightly larger than "peeps," with a long bill. Bill droops at end. Grayish-brown above in fall and winter with paler belly. Often in large flocks on mudflats and beaches. Breeding plumage is distinctive with bright rufous back and black belly.

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