Buff-breasted Sandpiper

 

Buff-breasted Sandpiper at Barba Azul Nature Reserve (photo: Daniel Alarcón)

October

Buff-breasted Sandpiper

 

Scientific name: Tryngites subruficollis

Spanish name: Playero Acanelado

Status: Near Threatened (IUCN red list of endangered species)

Habitat and behavior: Buff-breasted Sandpipers breed on grassy arctic tundra, preferring well-vegetated hummocky ground around marshy ponds. During their fall migration Buffies forage on prime river-edge habitat at Barba Azul Nature Reserve. Winters in upland grassy areas of Argentina. This species exhibits a unique lek behavior. Males typically gather in groups of 2 to 10, displaying during twilight periods. By flashing or waving wings, they expose the highly conspicuous white underside of their wings.

Bolivia’s only Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network site, the Armonia´s Barba Azul Nature Reserve, is protecting the Buff-breasted Sandpiper´s habitat, where the birds fatten up foraging on the river edge short-grasslands to continue they journey further south.

Buffies has conspicuous white underside of their wings. (photo: Daniel Alarcón)

To protect this mighty little migrant, we promote sustainable ranching techniques at Barba Azul Nature Reserve and set up experimental plots of foraging habitat to better understand its preferences. Conserving critical stop-over foraging habitats such as Barba Azul Nature Reserve is essential to halt the decline of the worldwide Buff-breasted Sandpiper population.

Flock of Buffies fatten up on the river edge short-grasslands at Barba Azul Nature Reserve (photo: Daniel Alarcón)

By supporting the Armonía´s Barba Azul Nature Reserve you can help to protect a critical stop-over foraging habitat of the Buffies.

You can make a tax deductible online donation through our partners the American Bird Conservancy. (In the comment box, simply write: Barba Azul Nature Reserve.) Thank you for your support.

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We thank our international partners and individual donors for the achievements of Barba Azul Nature Reserve program – we cannot save the species or empower our people without your generous support. Thank you.

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