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L 17-21 cm, WS 32-36 cm.
There are 9 subspecies:
A 10th subspecies centralis is not recognised by all authorities
Breeds on low or high ground, in wet short-grass or tundra habitats; on migration (in autumn adults in late July-August, juveniles in late August-October), found in a variety of marshy or coastal habitats, but most numerous on tidal flats or on banks of seaweed on shallow shores.
Coastal mudflats and beaches.
The diet includes insects, snails and worms.
They nest in a shallow scrape on the ground lined with vegetation. The 4 eggs are incubated by both adults. The male cares for the young.
Song: a trill. Flight Call: treep or chreet
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