Upland Sandpiper

photo by Phil Swanson

Bartramia longicauda
L 27″ (69 cm) 69″ (175 cm).

Song or calls:
Listen (UNL audio)

Rolling “quip-ip-ip-ip.” Sometimes the call sounds like a lewd whistle, “woo-woo,” with second syllable drawn out.

Description:Sexes similar. Mottled brown above and below with white unstreaked belly. Long yellow legs; long tail; long thin neck; large dark eyes; and short bill. Black and white underwing barring seen in flight.

upland sandpiper

Habitat: Native prairies, wet meadows, hayfields, and fallow croplands. Prefers mixed-grass and tall grass prairies. Often seen sitting on wires and fence posts.

Where in Nebraska: Uncommon spring and fall migrant and local summer resident in appropriate habitat across the state, but most common in the Sandhills.

Fun Facts: When Upland Sandpipers build their nests, they scrape out several depressions in the ground but actually only use one for their nest site.

Upland Sandpiper - NEBRASKAland Magazine/Nebraska Game and Parks Commission Upland Sandpiper - NEBRASKAland Magazine/Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
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