Species | Common sandpiper
The common sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos) along with its sister species, the spotted sandpiper make up the Actitis genus.
Although they are small to medium-sized birds, they have relatively long legs that they put to good use. Often they can be seen running in groups, usually with remarkable coordination of movement.
They are ground feeders and eat crustaceans, insects worms and other coastal creatures that they retrieve from the sand with their bills. Common sandpipers often run to the sand immediately after a wave disappeared. They do that in order to penetrate more sand more easily, and because crustaceans and others are usually less deep under the surface there.
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