noun \-ˌpī-pər\

: a type of bird that has long legs and a long bill and that lives near the sea

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:  any of various small shorebirds (family Scolopacidae, the sandpiper family) distinguished from the related plovers chiefly by the longer and soft-tipped bill

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noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

White-rumped sandpiper (Calidris fuscicollis)—Helen Cruickshank—The National Audubon Society Collection/Photo Researchers

Any of numerous shorebirds (family Scolopacidae) found either breeding or wintering nearly worldwide. Sandpipers, 6–12 in. (15–30 cm) long, have a moderately long bill and legs, long, narrow wings, and a fairly short tail. Their plumage has a complicated “dead-grass” pattern of browns, buffs, and blacks above, white or cream below. They run along ocean and inland beaches and mudflats, picking up insects, crustaceans, and worms and uttering thin, piping cries. Many species migrate in great flocks, from the Arctic to South America and New Zealand.


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