Broad-billed Sandpiper

Calidris falcinellus (Pontoppidan, 1763) OA BRBSA 5140
Family: Charadriiformes > Scolopacidae

Broad-billed Sandpiper, Yoav Perlman

Slightly smaller than a Dunlin with a distinctive eye stripe, the Broad-billed Sandpiper breeds in the upland bogs of Scandinavia and migrates to east Africa. A rare but regular vagrant to our shores.

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  • Breeding
  • Winter
914 records observations recorded by BTO surveyors
914 records



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Status and Trends

Population size and trends and patterns of distribution based on BTO surveys and atlases with data collected by BTO volunteers.


This species can be found on the following statutory and conservation listings and schedules.


We have no population estimates for this scarce species.


This species is a rare vagrant and was recorded during Bird Atlas 2007–11 as shown on the map.

Broad-billed Sandpiper breeding distribution 2008-11
Britain and Ireland Breeding Distribution 2008-2011.
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Occupied 10-km squares in UK

European Distribution Map

European Breeding Bird Atlas 2


Broad-billed Sandpiper is a rare vagrant, usually recorded in late spring.

Weekly occurence of Broad-billed Sandpiper from BirdTrack
Weekly occurrence patterns (shaded cells) and reporting rates (vertical bars) based on BirdTrack data. Reporting rates give the likelihood of encountering the species each week.


Information about movement and migration based on online bird portals (e.g. BirdTrack), Ringing schemes and tracking studies.


View a summary of recoveries in the Online Ringing Report.


Lifecycle and body size information about Broad-billed Sandpiper, including statistics on nesting, eggs and lifespan based on BTO ringing and nest recording data.


Sample sizes are too small to report Productivity and Nesting statistics for this species.


For information in another language (where available) click on a linked name

Welsh: Pibydd Llydanbig
Catalan: territ becadell
Czech: jespácek ploskozobý
Danish: Kærløber
Dutch: Breedbekstrandloper
Estonian: plütt
Finnish: jänkäsirriäinen
French: Bécasseau falcinelle
German: Sumpfläufer
Hungarian: sárjáró
Icelandic: Efjutíta
Irish: Gobadán Gobleathan
Italian: Gambecchio frullino
Latvian: dunšnibitis
Lithuanian: plokšciasnapis begikas
Norwegian: Fjellmyrløper
Polish: biegus plaskodzioby
Portuguese: pilrito-de-bico-grosso
Slovak: brehárik ploskozobý
Slovenian: ploskokljunec
Spanish: Correlimos falcinelo
Swedish: myrsnäppa

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