Calidris subruficollis (Vieillot, 1819) - Buff-breasted Sandpiper

Subspecies in India

This species is listed as Near Threatened in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (https://www.iucnredlist.org/)


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This species in uncommon. It inhabits grasslands and coastal areas of the tundra region, up to 1,000m asl. It is migratory, breeding in U.S.A (mainly Alaska), Canada, and Russia, and wintering in Brazil, Hungary, Papua New Guinea, Sierra Leone, India, Tunisia and Ukraine. It mostly forages on crops like soybean and corn (BirdLife International 2017). 

Conservation Status:  

This species is listed as Near Threatened in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (https://www.iucnredlist.org/)


According to the IUCN Red List assessment, the population of this species is declining, with the current population estimate of 15,300-56,000 individuals. The threats to its persistence come from hunting, habitat degradation, toxic chemical exposure for agriculture, and climate change (BirdLife International 2017).

StateJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecNo date
Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Andhra Pradesh
Arunachal Pradesh
Assam
Bihar
Chandigarh
Chhattisgarh
Dadra & Nagar Haveli
Daman & Diu
Delhi
Goa
Gujarat
Haryana
Himachal Pradesh
Jammu and Kashmir
Jharkhand
Karnataka
Kerala
Lakshadweep
Madhya Pradesh
Maharashtra
Manipur
Meghalaya
Mizoram
Nagaland
Odisha
Paschimbanga
Pondicherry
Punjab
Rajasthan
Sikkim
Tamil Nadu
Tripura
Uttar Pradesh
Uttarakhand
West Bengal
Total
BirdLife International 2017. Calidris subruficollis (amended version of 2016 assessment). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T22693447A111804064.
https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2017-1.RLTS.T22693447A111804064.en. Accessed on 15 February 2020.

Page citation

Anonymous 2024. Calidris subruficollis (Vieillot, 1819) – Buff-breasted Sandpiper. In Satose, V., A. Bayani, V. Ramachandran, P. Roy, and K. Kunte (Chief Editors). Butterflies of India, v. 2.17. Published by the Indian Foundation for Butterflies. URL: https://www.birdsofindia.org/calidris-subruficollis, accessed 2024/06/25.