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Buff-breasted Sandpiper - Calidris subruficollis

Native Species

Global Rank: G4
State Rank: SNA

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General Description
The Buff-breasted Sandpiper breeds in the high Arctic and overwinters in Argentina, Uruguay, and Brazil. The species migrates through the Great Plains and is a rare migrant across Montana with three or fewer observation records typically reported per year (McCarty et al. 2017, MTNHP 2019).

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.

Species Range
Uncommon Migrant

Western Hemisphere Range


Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 40

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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)

Montana is west of the main migration path.

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Buff-breasted Sandpiper — Calidris subruficollis.  Montana Field Guide.  .  Retrieved on , from