The world's most northerly shorebird, with a distinctive sheen to its feathers
Our Expert Says… "These lovely birds are easy to approach. In fact, quite often while waiting to board your Zodiac, you will see this bird happily come by feeding. It's the most northerly breeding shorebird in the world."
The purple sandpiper is known for being the most northerly shorebird, migrating to areas of arctic tundra to breed. Purple sandpipers can be seen on many of the Canadian arctic islands, the coasts of Greenland and Iceland, and arctic northern Europe.
Pictures of Purple Sandpiper
Our trips to spot the Purple Sandpiper