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Writhedhornbill

Purple sandpiper

Taken 22.6.08

Purple sandpiper
Writhedhornbill, 23 Jun 2008
    • ornithom
      Id of this sandpiper

      I believe this sandpiper is actually Curlew Sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea). Here's why....

      The black legs - Purples have greenish-yellow legs and base of bill.
      The rufous colouration of the mantle/coverts. Purples only have rufous/red fringes to the coverts during summer plumage. These birds show pale grey mantle/coverts with some rufous colouration being moulted in (this photo was taken in June which is perfect moulting time for this colouration).
      The grey colouration of the base feathers - Purples have much darker colouration in all plumages.
      Strong rufous colouration of lower belly - Purples never show such strong rufous on the breast/lower belly/flanks.
      The bill is long and decurved - Purples bill is much shorter, usually is long as its head, and not so decurved.
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    Blackbrook Zoo (Closed)
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    Writhedhornbill
    Date:
    23 Jun 2008
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    Date / Time:
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