Definition of pectoral sandpiper in English:

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pectoral sandpiper

noun

A migratory sandpiper with dark streaks on the breast and a white belly, breeding chiefly in Arctic Canada.
  • Calidris melanotos, family Scolopacidae.
Example sentences
  • Other shorebirds noted in small numbers were black-bellied plover, American golden-plover, pectoral sandpiper, purple sandpiper, red phalarope, ruddy turnstone, and red knot.
  • They did not observe the pectoral sandpiper and buff-breasted sandpiper, the next most numerous species in the present study.

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Syllabification: pec·to·ral sand·pip·er

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