Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A rust-brown and white sandpiper (Calidris alpina) native to northern regions of North America, Europe, and Asia.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small wading bird, Calidris alpina, found along the coast and with a distinctive black belly patch in its breeding plumage. A type of stint.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A species of sandpiper (Tringa alpina); -- called also churr, dorbie, grass bird, and red-backed sandpiper. It is found both in Europe and America.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The red-backed sandpiper, Tringa (Pelidna) alpina, widely dispersed and very abundant in the northern hemisphere, especially along sea-coasts, during the extensive migrations it performs between its arctic breeding-grounds and its temperate or tropical winter resorts.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. small common sandpiper that breeds in northern or Arctic regions and winters in southern United States or Mediterranean regions

Etymologies

dun2 + -lin(g)1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • A shorebird called the dunlin is found by the thousands in the reserve.

    Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Washington

  • The Severn Estuary, where the celebrated naturalist Sir Peter Scott founded Slimbridge, the wildfowl refuge which became one of the world's most famous nature reserves, provides an 86,000-acre feeding ground for wild swans, geese and many thousands of wading birds, such as dunlin, turnstone, oystercatcher and ringed plover, from all over Europe.

    Climate Ark Climate Change & Global Warming RSS Newsfeed

  • I thought it dangerously late in the season for controlled heather burning, a real threat to ground nesting birds like red grouse and dunlin.

    Country diary: East Cheshire Hills

  • He comes to see the curlews and dunlin, the Brent geese and sparrowhawks, "no longer . . . as representatives of their species" but as individual beings, with homes, ages and "histories."

    Life in the Woods

  • But it is the dunlin which are the most methodical.

    Country diary: Benbecula

  • We could imagine the plaintive call of curlews just back from some salty estuary and the solitary piping of a dunlin, seemingly lost in all that bogland waste.

    Country diary: Langsett, Peak District

  • Arctic breeding shorebirds such as the dunlin, whimbrel and western sandpiper converge on the rich feeding grounds along the coasts from Louisiana to Florida.

    Spill’s danger to migratory birds

  • Breeding origin and migration pattern of dunlin ( '' Calidris alpina '') revealed by mitochondrial DNA analysis.

    Late-Quaternary changes in arctic terrestrial ecosystems, climate, and ultraviolet radiation levels

  • Species such as red knot ( '' Calidris canutus '') and ruddy turnstone ( '' Arenaria interpres '') are inferred to have had much larger populations and more extensive breeding areas during glacial stages, although others, such as dunlin ( '' C. alpina ''), exhibit evidence of range fragmentation during glacial stages leading to the evolution of distinct geographically restricted infraspecific taxa.

    Late-Quaternary changes in arctic terrestrial ecosystems, climate, and ultraviolet radiation levels

  • Flotsam gives shelter to sandflies and other food for the small flocks of wading birds that kept wheeling in like a single organism, landing or taking off on the instant in perfect unison: sandlings, ringed plover, gadwall and dunlin.

    Wildwood

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