- a small sandpiper, Calidris (or Erolia) alpina, of northern and arctic regions, having a brown back and black breast in summer
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Birdsa common sandpiper, Calidris alpina, that breeds in the northern parts of the Northern Hemisphere.
- variant of dunling. See dun2, -ling1 1525–35