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The more dramatic plumage of breeding (from which it gets its name) is rarely observed simply because it has migrated to latitudes that are almost devoid of human presence.
Overwintering range almost worldwide. Fairly common on the shores of the Great Lakes of North America during migration.
Formerly considered a plover, it is now classified in the sandpiper family.
Rocky Shores. Casual inland.
Fairly long-lived, with an average around 9 years and a recorded record of 19.
The action of flipping over small stones to find food led to its common name. It will take just about anything organic, including insects, carrion, mollusks, eggs, worms, etc.
Monogomous. Individual birds often return to favorite spots year after year.
A long rapid trill.
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