- a common sandpiper, Calidris alpina, that breeds in the northern parts of the Northern Hemisphere.
Origin of dunlin
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Its note is described as being louder than that of the Dunlin.
Redshank, curlew, and dunlin—cousins of the snipe and woodcock—are all accomplished performers in the art of wooing on the wing.Birds in Flight
W. P. Pycraft
The Dunlin is absolutely the commonest Limicoline bird of the shore, and certainly the most widely dispersed.
At Kaolak River (July 17, 1951) a dunlin was feeding and flying with a group of four semipalmated sandpipers.
Next day in the same general area where winds had driven water on the sand, four semipalmated sandpipers were feeding with dunlin.
- a small sandpiper, Calidris (or Erolia) alpina, of northern and arctic regions, having a brown back and black breast in summerAlso called: red-backed sandpiper
C16: dun ² + -ling 1
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