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Non-breeding plumaged bird
The Spotted Sandpiper, Actitis macularia is a small shorebird.
Adults have short yellowish legs and an orange bill with a dark tip. The body is brown on top and white underneath with black spots. Non-breeding birds, like that depicted, do not have the spotted underparts, and are then very similar to the closely related Common Sandpiper, A. hypoleucos. Like that species, they have a distinctive stiff-winged flight low over the water.
These birds forage on ground or water, picking up food by sight. They may also catch insects in flight. They eat insects, crustaceans and other invertebrates.
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