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Grey-tailed Tattler - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by HokkaidoStu
Hakodate, Hokkaido, Japan, September 2008
Tringa brevipes

Heteroscelus brevipes


23–27 cm (9-10½ in)

  • Darkish grey upperparts
  • Short yellow legs

Similar Species

Very similar to Wandering Tattler which is a little darker and has longer wings.


Photo © by Ken Doy
Wellington Point, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, February 2019

Breeds in Eurasia; winters in Malay Peninsula and Australasia.


This species has been placed in the genus Heteroscelus together with Wandering Tattler, but Clements1 and Sibley & Monroe2 place it in Tringa.

This is a monotypic species.


Their breeding habitat is along rivers and streams in forest tundra and montane taiga.


Their diet consists of insects, beetles and mosquitoes, aquatic larva, particularly in the breeding season, with crustaceans added during the winter months.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Sibley, CG and BL Monroe. 1996. Birds of the World, on diskette, Windows version 2.0. Charles G. Sibley, Santa Rosa, CA, USA.
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved November 2015)

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