- Xenus cinereus
Length 22–25 cm (8¾-9¾ in), wingspan 57–59 cm, weight 50–126 g
- Very long, slightly upcurved bill, black with a brownish-yellow base
- Upperparts and breast buffy grey to silvery grey
- Dark carpal patch
- Mainly white underparts
- Legs 'dayglo' orange-yellow, shorter than most Tringa 'shanks'.
- Breeding adult: broad black scapular stripes and black streaks on coverts; white supercilium
- Winter adult: paler and greyer; scapular line inconspicuous
- Juvenile: duller, sandy brown; scapular line inconspicuous
- In flight shows white trailing edge on secondaries and inner primaries (as in Common Redshank but less broad)
Rare, but regular visitor to the British Isles, mostly on passage but one or two wintering records.
Breeds beside muddy or gravelly riversides and lakeshores; typically nesting among greyed driftwood on riverbanks. On migration on freshwater marshes. In winter, coastal mudflats, estuaries and mangroves.
Food is small aquatic invertebrates; it chases insects and other mobile prey, and sometimes runs to the water's edge to wash its catch.
They lay 3-4 eggs in a lined ground scrape.
- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- Gibson, R., & Baker, A. (2012). Multiple gene sequences resolve phylogenetic relationships in the shorebird suborder Scolopaci (Aves: Charadriiformes). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 64 (1): 66-72 (abstract).
- BF Member observations
- Collins Field Guide 5th Edition
- Collins Bird Guide ISBN 0 00 219728 6
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2021) Terek Sandpiper. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 27 January 2021 from https://www.birdforum.net/wiki/Terek_Sandpiper