This stocky shorebird of rocky West Coast shorelines is recognized by its bold black and white pattern. The black bill is fairly short and chisel-shaped. The legs are dull brown to dark orange. Alternate Adult: Upperparts are glossy black, with fine white streaks on the crown, a white spot near the base of the bill, and an indistinct white supercilium. The breast is black with white flecks. The belly is white. Basic Adult: Upperparts and breast are a dull blackish-brown, lacking the white speckles found in alternate plumage. Belly is white. Juvenile: Similar to basic adult, but with pale feather edges on smaller wing coverts. In flight: Black with bold white stripes on the wings, down the back, and across the base of the tail.
Length: 22 (cm) Wingspan: 43 (cm)
Call is a shrill chatter.
Almost exclusively coastal. Nests is sedge meadows. In non-breeding season, uses rocky coastlines, and to a lesser extent, sand beaches and mudflats.
Usually found in flocks.
Feeds primarily on crustaceans and small shellfish, but also known to eat seeds, small eggs, and carrion.
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