The pectoral sandpiper is one of many similar looking sandpiper species. Although they are often listed living only along the northern coast of Alaska, they can commonly be observed migrating through much of the rest of Alaska in the spring and fall. The name “pectoral” refers to an air sac on the male’s chest that he can inflate during mating displays.
Like other sandpipers, the pectoral sandpiper typically favors wetland areas. Migrating pectoral sandpipers favor areas rich with grass as opposed to the mudflats other sandpiper species enjoy. They feel around with their long bill in the mud for their next meal.