The Broad-billed Sandpiper is a small member of the Calidridinae family. It has a length of 16–18 cm, a wingspan of 34–37 cm and a weight of 40 g. It is a small, stint-like wader with short legs and a diagnostic long straight black bill that is flattened and kinked downwards at the tip. When viewed from above the bill appears broad with parallel sides, tapering sharply to a pointed tip. The wing tips project a short distance beyond the tail at rest. The species’ flight pattern is similiar to that of stints.
Broad-billed Sandpiper |
Government evidence of impact of climate change:
Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, Species Profile and Threats Database, Limicola falcinellus
Threats Top Global Threats There are a number of threats that affect migratory shorebirds in the Flyway.
Global warming and associated changes in sea level are likely to have a long term impact on the breeding; staging and non breeding grounds of migratory waders (Harding et al. 2007).