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|Common name:||Pectoral Sandpiper|
|Scientific name:||Calidris melanotos|
|Other names:||Grass Snipe|
|Status on Vashon:||Rare|
The Pectoral Sandpiper is small migratory wading bird occasionally seen in Vashon. It is a very long-distance migrant, and about half of the species breeds in the boggy tundra of northeast Asia, the rest nesting in a range from Alaska to central Canada.The American and most of the Asian birds winter in South America, but some Asian breeders winter in southern and Australia and New Zealand. On migration and in winter, the Pectoral Sandpiper is typically found in freshwater habitats.
These birds forage on grasslands and mudflats, picking up food by sight, sometimes by probing. They mainly eat arthropods and other invertebrates. The male has a courtship display which involves puffing up his breast, which has a fat sac in the breeding season to enhance his performance.
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