spotted sandpiper

noun

: a common sandpiper (Actitis macularia) that breeds throughout North America and frequents both fresh and salt water, that in summer has the underparts of the adult heavily spotted with black, and that has a plaintive whistling note and when walking or standing bobs its head and tail continually

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“Spotted sandpiper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spotted%20sandpiper. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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