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Photo © by kingfisher
Tringa nebularia


  • Grey-brown upperparts
  • Pale underparts
  • Dark grey flecks on head and neck
  • Narrow white eye ring
  • Dark outer-wing
  • White rump and back
  • Dark to green-grey long, upward curved bill
  • Yellowish-green long legs

Breeding birds

  • Bold black chevrons on chest
  • Heavily streaked and marked upper body
Photo © by IanF
RSPB Saltholme, Cleveland, UK, September 2010


Africa, Coastal Asia, India, the Philippines, southern New Guinea and Australia.


This is a monotypic species[1].

Subspecies glottoides is not recognised by most authorities[2].


Coastal areas and inland, estuaries, mudflats, mangrove swamps, lagoons, swamps, and flooded crops.



The diet includes insects, worms, molluscs, small fish and crustaceans.


The male builds the nest, a shallow depression lined with feathers and vegetation. Both sexes share the incubation and the raising of the young.


Call: tyew_tyew_tyew
Song: repetitive and persistant clu_wee" delivered in high flight.


  1. Clements, JF. 2010. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2010. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/Clements%206.5.xls/view
  2. Avibase
  3. Collins Bird Guide ISBN 0 00 219728
  4. Birds in Backyards

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