1062. Tringa acuminata

1062. Sharp-tailed Sandpiper.
Triaga acuminata (Horst.), Trans. Linn. Soc. xiii. p. 192 (1821) ; David and Oust. Ois. Chine, p. 470 ; Seebohm, B. Jap. Emp. p. 339 ; Dresser, ix. p. 363, pl. 712 ; (Sharpe), Cat. B. Br. Mus. xxiv. p. 566 ; Tacz. F. O. Sib. O. p. 908 ; Saunders, p. 580 ; Ridgway, p. 155 ; Nelson, Nat. Hist. Alaska, p. 106, pl. vii. ; T. australis (nec. Gmel.), Gould, B. of Austral, vi. pl. 30.
Male ad. (China). Crown rusty red striped with black ; upper parts more rufous than T. maculata ; shafts of quills all white for a portion of their length ; tail-feathers blackish margined with white, the middle ones elongated and rufous margined, all the feathers pointed ; a streak over the eye white spotted with black ; under parts white, the throat and breast spotted with black ; the breast and flanks washed with rufous ; the rest of the under parts with squamate black markings ; bill olivaceous at the base, otherwise blackish brown ; legs yellowish olive ; iris hazel-brown. Culmen 1.25, wing 5.3, tail 2.15, tarsus 1.2 inch. Sexes alike. In winter the crown is rusty, the rest of upper parts greyish brown streaked with dusky ; superciliary stripe and under parts white ; breast greyish buff with indistinct dusky streaks. The young bird resembles the adult in winter but is darker above.
Hab. Kamchatka and Alaska ; Eastern Siberia ; Japan in winter and south to the Pelew, Sunda, and Molucca Islands, New Guinea, New Ireland, the Friendly Islands, Australia and New Zealand ; has occurred twice in England.
In habits it resembles T. maculata, with which species it often associates. Its note, when taking wing, is said to be a soft metallic pleep, pleep. It doubtless breeds in North-eastern Siberia, but its nest and eggs are unknown.

A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 2. 1903.
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1062. Tringa acuminata
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H. E. Dresser
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Sharp Tailed Sandpiper
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
Calidris acuminata
Vol. 2
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