Buff-breasted Sandpiper

Calidris subruficollis (Vieillot, 1819) BQ BUBSA 5160
Family: Charadriiformes > Scolopacidae

Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Brendan Doe

A regular but scarce visitor to Britain from North America. Most sightings are from the south-west and reports peak in September.

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5.1k records observations recorded by BTO surveyors
5.1k records



Buff-breasted Sandpiper identification is sometimes difficult.

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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.

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


This vagrant is too rarely reported to map distribution change.


Buff-breasted Sandpiper is a rare but regular vagrant recorded mostly in early autumn.

Weekly occurence of Buff-breasted 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 Buff-breasted 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

Gaelic: Luatharan-odhar
Welsh: Pibydd Bronllwyd
Catalan: territ rogenc
Czech: jespák plavý
Danish: Prærieløber
Dutch: Blonde Ruiter
Estonian: ruugerisla e. ruugerüdi
Finnish: tundravikla
French: Bécasseau roussâtre
German: Grasläufer
Hungarian: cankópartfutó
Icelandic: Grastíta
Irish: Gobadán Broinn-Donnbhuí
Italian: Piro piro fulvo
Latvian: mazais gugatnis
Lithuanian: gelsvakrutis begikas
Norwegian: Rustsnipe
Polish: biegus plowy
Portuguese: maçarico-acanelado / pilrito-acanelado
Slovak: pobrežník trávový
Slovenian: zlatar
Spanish: Correlimos canelo
Swedish: prärielöpare

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