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Photo © by jvhigbee
Port Townsend, Washington, September 2003
Calidris subruficollis

Tryngites subruficollis


Photo © by Steve Messick
Prewitt Reservoir, Colorado, September 2005


  • Buff head, neck and underparts
  • Scaly brown upperparts
  • Black streaked crown
  • Cream throat
  • Finely spotted on breast sides
  • Short, straight bill
  • Greenish-yellow legs


Flight - Landing
Photo © by Stanley Jones
Bryan Area, Brazos County, Texas, USA
16 August 2021

Breeding: Tundra of eastern Siberia to Canada.
Non-breeding: Mainly South America, but known as a vagrant almost worldwide.


This is a monotypic species[1].
Formerly placed in the genus Tryngites.


Dry grassy areas, beaches, wetlands and muddy fields.



The female builds a nest on the ground, lined with grass.The 3-4 eggs are incubated by the female for 3 weeks. The chicks are precocial and leave the nest less than 12 hours after hatching and able to feed themselves.


The diet includes earthworms, aquatic insects and larvae, and seeds.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. ARKive

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