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


(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]


(ˈdʌn lɪn)

a small sandpiper, Calidris alpina, that breeds in the N parts of the Northern Hemisphere.
[1525–35; variant of dunling]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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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Rhyl's Marine Lake, temporarily drained, attracted 600 Dunlins and a supporting cast of other waders.
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In autumn through to spring, the Burry Inlet, a protected site for its international importance, teems with wildfowl and waders, from tiny dunlins to large shelducks.
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Across the Dee Estuary, a broad-billed sandpiper was a great find among an impressive flocK of 10,000 dunlins at HoylaKe and Meols, a Russian wader that is rare on western coasts and even rarer in spring.
EVOCATIVE CALL The lapwing, one of Lord Ridley's favourite birds INSPIRATION The red-legged partridge which met its end in 1946 WILDLIFE Dunlins, inspired by Lord Ridley's first ringing of birds FLOCK Lord Ridley's image of a wood pigeon CONSERVATION Lord Ridley of Blagdon with some of his many wildlife and landscape paintings
From harbour and gre y seals to visiting birds such as knots, dunlins, godwits, curlews and redshanks, organisers say there should be a rich variety on display.
Differently designed bills allow each species to exploit a different food source, the curlew and godwits can reach the lugworms and rag worms hidden well below the surface, while smaller billed dunlins, grey plover and knot can snap up tiny shells and sand hoppers lingering too long on the surface.