Sand-Piper, or Tringa, L. a genus of birds, comprising 45 species, 18 of which are natives of Britain : the principal of these are,

1. The pugnax. See Ruff.

2. The alpina, or Dunling Sand-piper, whose back, head, and upper part of the neck are of an iron colour, marked with large black spots; the lower part is white, with short dusky streaks ; in size, it is somewhat larger than the lark. These birds are found on the British shores, but principally on the coast of Yorkshire; where they are taken in great numbers, and much esteemed at the tables of the luxurious.