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Purple Sandpiper - Calidris maritima

Native Species
Accidental Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: SNA

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General Description
Purple Sandpiper breeds in Arctic and sub-Arctic latitudes from Canada and Greenland east to northern Russia. The species is accidental in the inland United States (Payne and Pierce 2002).

For a comprehensive review of the conservation status, habitat use, and ecology of this and other Montana bird species, please see Marks et al. 2016, Birds of Montana.

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 1

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Relative Density


SUMMER (Feb 16 - Dec 14)
Direct Evidence of Breeding

Indirect Evidence of Breeding

No Evidence of Breeding

WINTER (Dec 15 - Feb 15)
Regularly Observed

Not Regularly Observed


(Observations spanning multiple months or years are excluded from time charts)

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Citation for data on this website:
Purple Sandpiper — Calidris maritima.  Montana Field Guide.  .  Retrieved on , from