Point Pelee National Park of Canada
Birds of Point Pelee National Park
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-Calidris canutus (Linnaeus)
Bill straight, 3.0 to 3.8 cm., slightly longer than head. Legs short. In breeding plumage, unmarked robin-red throat and breast combined with a short straight bill distinguish it from all others. Dowitchers have long bills, and the accidental Curlew Sandpiper has a definitely downcurved bill. Autumn Red Knots have white under parts with fine dusky streaking on the breast; light-grey upper parts, the feathers of the back with faint white narrow margins and a fine black submarginal line, giving a semicircular pattern to the feather tips. Upper tail coverts white, barred with dusky. Legs yellowish olive.