Population information

Order name Charadriiformes
Family name Scolopacidae
Scientific name Calidris alpina Common name Dunlin
Population name arcticola
Breeding range N Alaska N of Seward Peninsula, NW Canada Non-breeding range East Asia
Red List Category Least Concern
Ramsar regions Asia North America
Notes Population added in WPE3.

Conservation Framework

Conservation framework Notes
EAAF Partnership

Population size

Publication Start year End year Minimum Maximum Estimate quality Notes References Actions
WPE 3 0 0 750,000 750,000 [R472]
WPE 4 0 0 750,000 750,000 [R472]
WPE 5 2012 2012 353,000 674,000 Census based [R1007]

Population trends

Publication Start year End year Trend Trend quality Notes References Actions
WPE 3 1981 1992 DEC [R686]
WPE 4 1981 1992 DEC [R686]
WPE 5 2003 2012 DEC Good [R1007]

Population 1% level

Publication Yearset 1 percent Note
WPE 3 2002 7500
WPE 4 2006 7500
WPE 5 2012 4900


  • R472 - Morrison, R.I.G., Gill, Jr., R.E., Harrington, B.A. Skagen, S., Page, G.W., Gratto-Trevor, C.L. and Haig, S.M. (2001) Estimates of shorebird populations in North America. Occasional Paper No. 104, Canadian Wildlife Service, Ottawa, Ontario. 64pp.
  • R686 - Warnock, N.D., and R.E. Gill. 1996. Dunlin (Calidris alpina). In the Birds of North America, No. 203 (A. Poole and F. Gill, eds.). The Birds of North America, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.
  • R1007 - Andres, B.A., Smith, P.A., Gratto-Trevor, C.L. & Morrison, R.I.G. 2012. Population estimates of North American shorebirds. In prep. [Temporary reference; final title to be confirmed.]


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