This little sandpiper, a rare visitor from Eurasia, is distinguished by its long heavy bill, which has a downward kink near the tip, and by its striped plumage. Alternate Adult: Blackish upperparts with broad buff and rufous feather edges that create pale stripes down the back. Two white stripes above the eye, separated by dark, form the "split supercilium" often mentioned in descriptions of this species. The auriculars are dark. Underparts are white with dark streaking on the breast and dark chevrons down the sides. The bill is black. The legs range from olive to blackish. The Siberian race is paler than the European race, with more rufous on the upperparts and less streaking on the breast. Basic Adult: Pale gray-brown upperparts. Scapulars and tertials have dark feather centers and pale edges. The underparts are lightly streaked. Striped head pattern similar to alternate adult. Juvenile: Black feathers on upperparts have rufuous and white edges, creating strong white stripes down the back. Underparts are white with fine streaking on the breast, and sometimes a rufous wash. Striped head pattern similar to adult. Legs are dull yellowish.
Length: 17 (cm) Wingspan: 38 (cm)
Nests on tundra. Forages on mudflats, wet meadows, pond edges.
Seldom forms large flocks. Usually found individually or in small groups with other sandpipers.
Probes in mud or picks prey from surface.
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