[ edit] Identification
16â€“18 cm (6Â¼-7 in)
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 (C.f.falcinellus).
Overwinters: South-eastern Asia, Australasia ( C. f. sibrica); India, Sri Lanka, Arabian Peninsula and Africa ( C. f. falcinellus).
[ edit] Taxonomy
Formerly placed in the genus
[ 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
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[ edit] References
Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
Collins Field Guide 5th Edition ISBN 0 00 219900 9
BF Member observations
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