Baird's Sandpiper | Calidris bairdii

Roberts Birding Information: Bairds Sandpiper

The Baird's Sandpiper is a Southern African bird that belongs to the Scolopacidae bird family group which includes birds such as Snipes, Godwits, Curlews, Whimbrels, Shanks, Stints, Sandpipers, Ruff, Turnstones, Phalaropes.

The description for the Baird's Sandpiper (Latin name Calidris bairdii) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Calidris bairdii can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 278 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 370. You will find a picture of the Baird's Sandpiper on page 369.

NOTE: The reference for the information following is "Roberts Birds of Southern Africa", 7th Edition*. This edition contained a number of taxonomic changes as well as changes to English names used traditionally and in earlier editions of most bird books in South Africa. The following paragraph notes such changes if any.

There have been no changes in the common name between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition. There have been no changes in the Latin name for the Baird's Sandpiper between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition.

The Baird's Sandpiper has a height of 15 cms and weighs around 40 gms. The head is coloured brown while the bill is coloured black. The Calidris bairdii has a white coloured throat, grey legs and a black coloured back. The eyes are brown.

Take note of the bird's main distinguishing features such as colour, size and leg length relative to the body size of the bird. Colours of a bird's body parts can be helpful. Be aware what may appear brown to one person is described in Roberts Birds using some other word ... for example brown, black. See colours used in Roberts.

Head is brown.

Eyes are brown.

Bill is black.

Legs are grey.

Throat is white.

Back is black.

Bairds Sandpiper Feeding Habits ...

This bird forages for food on the ground.

This bird has a specially adapted bill which helps it hunt for fish, crabs, shrimp and other aquatic animals in the water.

This bird eats insects such as butterflies, bees, wasps, locusts and ants. These invertebrates are usually hawked aerially, killed and then eaten.

Bairds Sandpiper Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

The Baird's Sandpiper is found in the Southern African wetlands, riverine forests and moist grasslands.

You can see the Baird's Sandpiper bird on coastal regions and on the sea shore where the bird will be foraging with other birds.

Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...

This bird is usually seen in small family groups or in large flocks.