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Winter Grey above with wing bar and most of head and underparts white.
In flight bold white wing bar, reminiscent of Sanderling, and long white rump coverts.
Open waters and marshy areas.
A rather confiding bird, showing little fear of humans.
The females pursue males, compete for nesting territory, and will defend their nests and chosen mates. Once the females lay their eggs, they begin their southward migration, leaving the males to incubate the eggs and look after the young. 3-7 eggs are laid in a ground nest near a marshy area. The young mainly feed themselves and are able to fly within 20 days of birth.
Diet includes small insects or crustaceans.
Flight outline 'tubby'. Swims with tail held up. 'Spins' on water.
Call: "twit" and "tirric, tirric". A funny grunting noise prior to flight.
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