Stilt Sandpiper

Calidris himantopus (Bonaparte, 1826) MI STISA 5150
Family: Charadriiformes > Scolopacidae

Stilt Sandpiper, Brendan Doe

This medium-sized wader breeds in the very north of Canada and Alaska and is a rare visitor to Britain & Ireland. Although there have been records in most months, the species is typically encountered in August or September.

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  • Breeding
  • Winter
1.2k records observations recorded by BTO surveyors
1.2k 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.

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


Stilt Sandpiper is a very rare vagrant recorded in autumn, winter and spring.

Weekly occurence of Stilt 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 Stilt 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 Hirgoes
Catalan: territ camallarg
Czech: jespák dlouhonohý
Danish: Klireryle
Dutch: Steltstrandloper
Estonian: pikkjalg-risla e. pikkjalg-rüdi
Finnish: pitkäkoipisirri
French: Bécasseau à échasses
German: Bindenstrandläufer
Hungarian: töcspartfutó
Icelandic: Vaðfæla
Irish: Gobadán Scodalach
Italian: Piro piro zampelunghe
Latvian: garstilbu šnibitis
Lithuanian: ilgakojis begikas
Norwegian: Styltesnipe
Polish: biegus brodzcowaty
Portuguese: maçarico-pernilongo / pilrito-pernilongo
Slovak: pobrežník dlhonohý
Slovenian: dulnik
Spanish: Correlimos zancolín
Swedish: styltsnäppa

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