Species Details

@Samiul Mohsanin (Department of Zoology,Jahangirnagar University,Dhaka);

Dunlin Did you see this animal?

Scientific Name : Calidris alpina
Family : Scolopacidae
Order : Charadriiformes
Class : Aves
Phylum : Chordata
Habitat : Coast and Rivers
Description : The Dunlin is a small, brown-grey shorebird with a slender down-curved bill (adult bird length approximately 19 cm, weight 45 g, wing 12 cm, bill 4 cm, tarsus 2.6 cm, tail 5 cm). In the non-breeding season it looks greyish-brown from above and white from below. The dunlin is a highly social bird, often forming large flocks on coastal mudflats and sandy beaches during winter. It is a common wader species found throughout its breeding and wintering ranges. With a size similar to a common starling but stouter, it has a characteristic "sewing machine" feeding action as it picks small food items on coastal mudflats. Insects are a primary part of its diet during the breeding season, while coastal areas provide molluscs, worms, and crustaceans. The dunlin nests on the ground, with a shallow scrape lined with vegetation, and typically lays four eggs incubated by both male and female. Chicks are precocial and start flying at around three weeks of age. The male primarily cares for the brood as the female often leaves the breeding area.
Distribution in Bangladesh
description written by:Fatema-Tuz-Zohora,Department of Zoology, Jagannath University,Dhaka;information source: Encyclopedia of Flora and Fauna of Bangladesh, Vol-26, iucnredlist.org;Photo credit and copyright:Samiul Mohsanin (Department of Zoology,Jahangirnagar University,Dhaka);taxonomic checklist:P. M. Thompson and S. U. Chowdhury (2020). A checklist of birds of Bangladesh.Birds Bangladesh;more information, please contact us.