First record of the common sandpiper for the Hawaiian Islands

Western Birds



With a breeding range spanning Eurasia and a winter range extending from Africa to Australasia, the Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos) is indeed the common and familiar sandpiper of the Old World. It is the Old World counterpart of the Spotted Sandpiper (A. macularius) of the Americas and its only congener. The Spotted Sandpiper is a vagrant to the Hawaiian Islands (David 1991, Pyle and Pyle 2009), but no Common Sandpiper had been reported until one spent the winter of 2010–2011 at Honuapo lagoon, Whittington Beach County Park, Hawaii Island. Previously, Pyle and Pyle (2009) summarized all records of Actitis for the islands and concluded that 21 of the 32 could be identified with certainty as Spotted Sandpipers. Among the remaining 11 records, the Common Sandpiper could not be ruled out. The Common Sandpiper is a possibility because it reaches Micronesia as a regular winter visitor (Baker 1951) and western Polynesia and Alaska as a vagrant (Kessel and Gibson 1978, Pratt et al. 1987, Gibson and Byrd 2007). There are no records elsewhere in North America (Howell et al. 2014).

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title First record of the common sandpiper for the Hawaiian Islands
Series title Western Birds
Volume 47
Issue 2
Year Published 2016
Language English
Publisher Western Field Ornithologists
Publisher location Del Mar, CA
Contributing office(s) Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center
Description 3 p.
First page 167
Last page 169
Country United States
State Hawaii
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