AudioDateDownLeftRightUpIconClosefacebookReportGallerySettingsGiftLanguageGridLanguage iconListMapMenunoAudionoPhotoPhotoPlayPlusSearchStartwitterUserVideo
Data for:
San Mateo, California, United States
List:

Charadriiformes > Scolopacidae

Surfbird

Calidris virgata

Sign in to see your badges

Identification

POWERED BY MERLIN

Stocky shorebird that thrives where waves break on rocky shorelines. Most often seen in winter, along the Pacific coast anywhere from southeast Alaska all the way to the southernmost tip of South America. Gray above with a white belly; dark spots in breeding plumage darken the breast. Bill is fairly thick and about as long as the head. Strong greenish-yellow legs and feet. In flight, note striking black-and-white wing pattern and bold white band at base of tail. In winter and migration, rarely found away from the spray of incoming waves. Heads inland to arctic rocky mountain ridges to breed. Often found in flocks with Black Turnstone, which is blacker above with an all-dark bill.

POWERED BY MERLIN

Statistics

Sign in to see your stats

Weekly Bar Chart

Choose a region to view Weekly Bar Chart

Range Map

Large map

Media

Top video

View all

Learn more about Surfbird from…

All About Birds

Your Online Guide To Birds And Bird Watching

Birds of North America

Comprehensive life histories of North American breeding birds

Neotropical Birds

Life histories of all species breeding in Mexico, Central America, and South America