DUNLIN Calidris alpina

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A worldwide species, often the "base" from which comparisons are made when identifying other waders. In breeding plumage unmistakeable, although the black belly is often present in other plumages or stages of moult. Several races occur, the Nearctic ones sufficiently different to be identified, if not split, from each other and Eurasian forms. The thumbnail bird is probably kistchinski, from the Russian Far East, and the left hand bird Hudsonia (eastern USA).

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