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
Can be confused with
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).
There are 2 subspecies:
Mainly coastal. Also salt pools, gravel pits, brackish mudflats, lagoons, riversides, lakes and marshes on migration.
During breeding season found in very wet quagmires.
The nest is a ground scrape. The clutch usually contains 4 eggs.
The diet includes insects and other small invertebrates.
Listen in an external program
Clements, JF. 2009. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2009. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
Collins Field Guide 5th Edition ISBN 0 00 219900 9
BF Member observations