Population information

Order name Charadriiformes
Family name Scolopacidae
Scientific name Calidris maritima Common name Purple Sandpiper
Population name Iceland (littoralis)
Breeding range Iceland Non-breeding range
Red List Category Least Concern
Ramsar regions Europe
Notes Population added in WPE3. Considerable geographical variation in size may warrant recognition of at least two subspecies. Proposed race groenlandica (Greenland) among the smallest, but little different from those in Spitsbergen and Norway (maritima), and from which geographically separated by proposed littoralis (Iceland), which is largest; belcheri (E Hudson Bay and James Bay, in Canada) possibly distinct.

Conservation Framework

Conservation framework Notes

Population size

Publication Start year End year Minimum Maximum Estimate quality Notes References Actions
WPE 4 1990 2000 90,000 90,000 [R611]
WPE 3 1990 2000 90,000 90,000 [R611]
WPE 5 1990 2000 90,000 90,000 [R611]

Population trends

Publication Start year End year Trend Trend quality Notes References Actions
WPE 4 0 0 Unknown
WPE 3 1984 1997 STA [R611]
WPE 5 1984 1997 STA [R611]

Population 1% level

Publication Yearset 1 percent Note
WPE 4 2006 900
WPE 3 2002 900
WPE 5 2012 900


  • R611 - Stroud, D.A., Davidson, N.C., West, R., Scott, D.A., Haanstra, L., Thorup, O., Ganter, B. and Delany, S. (compilers) on behalf of the International Wader Study Group 2002. Status of migratory wader populations in Africa and Western Eurasia in the 1990s.


Copyright Wetlands International 2012

Citation: Wetlands International (). "Waterbird Population Estimates" . Retrieved from wpe.wetlands.org on