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A rust-brown and white sandpiper (Calidris alpina) that breeds in northern regions of North America and Eurasia.

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(Animals) a small sandpiper, Calidris (or Erolia) alpina, of northern and arctic regions, having a brown back and black breast in summer. Also called: red-backed sandpiper
[C16: dun2 + -ling1]
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(ˈdʌn lɪn)

a small sandpiper, Calidris alpina, that breeds in the N parts of the Northern Hemisphere.
[1525–35; variant of dunling]
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Noun1.dunlin - small common sandpiper that breeds in northern or Arctic regions and winters in southern United States or Mediterranean regionsdunlin - small common sandpiper that breeds in northern or Arctic regions and winters in southern United States or Mediterranean regions
sandpiper - any of numerous usually small wading birds having a slender bill and piping call; closely related to the plovers
Erolia, genus Erolia - a genus of Scolopacidae
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Key words: Dunlin, Calidris alpina, Alaska, Bering Sea, migration, staging, shorebird
Mae'n lle da i weld pibydd y mawn (Calidris alpina; dunlin) a'r gylfinir (Numenius arquata; curlew).
The most abundant birds were marbled godwits (Limosa fedoa), small sandpipers (Calidris alpina, C.
We previously described the existence of strong global population-genetic structure in a migratory shorebird, the dunlin (Calidris alpina), based on fast-evolving mtDNA control-region sequences (Wenink et al.
330.0 (2000) *1156.5 (7700) (Calidris spp.) Dunlin *367.3 (1960) 85.9 (640) (Calidris alpina) Stilt Sandpiper *126.0 (480) 0.0 (1) (Calidris himantopus) Dowitcher spp.
Like Cotter and Andres (2000), we found wet habitats to be particularly important for nesting pha-laropes, while American golden-plovers (Pluvialis domi-nica) and dunlin (Calidris alpina) nested more frequently in drier habitats.
A similar "stealthy" approach to prey has been recorded in the glaucous-winged gull (Larus glaucescens) hunting dunlins (Calidris alpina): a swimming gull with head held low approached and suddenly lunged at dunlins feeding along the edge of a salt marsh (Dekker, 1998).
We found similar correlations between pitfall catches and growth rate of chicks of dunlin Calidris alpina and little stint Calidris minuta at our study site during this study.
Similarly, work on dunlin Calidris alpina in Denmark has revealed that good population estimates (but still just 70-90% of the pairs) are obtained only if the highest number of pairs and single individuals (the latter counting as one pair each) obtained from 8 to 10 surveys is used (Thorup, 1998; see also Jackson and Percival, 1983).