Purple Sandpiper (Calidris maritima)

Although its name is similar in both English and French, the purple sandpiper is not purple, but a mottled grey-brown colour. Its voice is a low, ‘twit!’ or ‘wee-twit!’


The purple sandpiper is a small, resilient Arctic shorebird that nests along the coasts of many of the Arctic islands and Greenland. In the fall, it migrates to the Atlantic coast, where it is found on rocky coastlines from Newfoundland south as far as Maryland, as well as on the shores of Greenland.

For a complete species account, visit the Arctic section.