Avery Island Wildlife - pam-and-edmund-mcilhenny

In breeding season Spotted Sandpipers have bold dark spots on their bright white breast and an orange bill. The back is dark brown. In winter, as shown above, a Spotted Sandpiper's breast is not spotted; it's plain white, while the back is grayish brown and the bill is pale yellow. It is the most widespread breeding Sandpiper in North America. And it has some unusual habits. During breeding season, the males take the lead in incubating the eggs, while the females establish and defend the territory. Also, in some populations, the female practices "polyandry," which means she mates with up to four males in a season, who then each take care of a clutch of eggs. Source: Cornell Laboratory of Orinthology's All About Birds.

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