[ edit] Identification
Length 17 cm
A small wader with short legs. The bill is relatively long, with a broad, flattened tip. It has a diagnostic white double supercilium.
Dark grey upperparts with creamy streaks
Streaked breast markings continue to flanks
, June 2008
Pale grey above
White scaling on scapulars and wings
Head patter less marked
Juvenile - similar to breeding adult white belly but lacks the streaked flanks
[ edit] Similar Species
Can be confused with
[ edit] Distribution Breeding: Patchy; Scandinavia to eastern Siberia. During breeding season found in very wet quagmires in Norway, Sweden, Finland and parts of Kola peninsula, Russia (L.f.falcinellus).
Overwinters: South-eastern Asia, Australasia ( L. f. sibrica); India, Sri Lanka, Arabian Peninsula and Africa ( L. f. falcinellus).
[ edit] Taxonomy
[ edit] Subspecies
There are 2 subspecies
[ edit] Habitat
Mainly coastal. Also salt pools, gravel pits, brackish mudflats, lagoons, riversides, lakes and marshes on migration.
During breeding season found in very wet quagmires.
[ edit] Behaviour
[ edit] Breeding
The nest is a ground scrape. The clutch usually contains 4 eggs.
The diet includes insects and other small invertebrates.
[ edit] Vocalisation
Listen in an external program
[ edit] References
Clements, JF. 2011. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to August 2011. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
Collins Field Guide 5th Edition ISBN 0 00 219900 9
BF Member observations
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