Appearance Summary: Calidris alpinadunlin is a small shorebird with a short, stout bill. It has a gray-brown back and white underparts, with a white line along the neck and a white rump. The wings are gray-brown with a white patch near the tips. The legs are dark gray and the tail is short and square. It has a distinctive white stripe on the forehead and a white supercilium. The bill is black with a yellow base. The Calidris alpinadunlin is a migratory species, breeding in the Arctic and wintering in temperate and tropical regions.
Facial description: Calidris alpinadunlin has a short, straight bill with a black tip, a white forehead, and a gray crown. Its neck and upperparts are gray-brown, and its underparts are white. It has a white rump and a black tail with white edges. Its wings are gray-brown with white and black markings. Its legs are black.
What are the distinct features of Dunlin? Long, thin bill, gray-brown upperparts, white underparts, white wingbar, white-edged tail, black legs and feet, loud, high-pitched, twittering call, migratory, forages in flocks, feeds on insects, crustaceans, mollusks, worms, and plant material
What makes them unique?
Dunlin body color description: The most common colors of the Calidris alpinadunlin are brown, gray, white, and black.
skin type: The Calidris alpinadunlin has a mottled gray-brown upper body with a white underside, giving it a speckled, camouflaged appearance. Its feathers are soft and downy, providing insulation and warmth.
Strengths: Camouflage, Migration, Adaptability, Flight, Social Behavior, Foraging Ability
Weaknesses: Poor eyesight, Slow flight speed, Limited habitat range, Low reproductive rate