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40â€“47Â·5 cm (15Â¾-18Â¾ in)
There are 3 subspecies:
Beaches and coast in winter. Breeds in upload grassy areas.
The diet includes molluscs, mussels and earthworms.
They nest in a scrape on pebbles which may be on the coast, riverside or in grassy fields and even upland moors. The clutch consists of 2-4 eggs which are coloured buff to yellow possibly with a greenish tint; there are variable markings of streaks and spots from greyish to black. There is a single clutch, usually in May.
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