Mid-sized Eurasian shorebird that resembles Greater Yellowlegs; adults have distinctive, red legs. Whitish eyering with dark lores. Long, straight bill. Alternate Adult: Barred grayish-brown upperparts with coarsely streaked underparts. Dark bill with reddish base. Basic Adult: Plain gray with thin white fringes on scapulars and coverts. Whitish belly and undertail coverts. Lightly gray streaks on breast and some smudgy gray on upper flanks. Juvenile: Dark gray-brown upperparts with broad, buffy edges on back, scapular, covert, and tertial feathers. Underparts mostly white, heavy dusky-brown streaking on breast. Yellowish-orange legs with mostly dark bill that is paler right at the base. In flight, shows a distinctive Sabine's Gull-like pattern on upperparts; back and wing coverts gray, white secondaries and inner primaries white, and greater coverts and outer primaries are black. Extensive white rump forms a wedge up onto the lower back. White tail with dark barring. Differs from the larger Spotted Redshank by plumage; also has a shorter, straighter bill.
Length: 25 (cm) Wingspan: 56 (cm)
Breeds in wetlands, damp meadows, and fresh or salt-water marshes. Uses coastal mudflats and estuaries during nonbreeding season.
Noisy and gregarious. Feeds by picking at food; rarely it will probe or swish bill from side to side in water.
Diet consists of crustaceans, mollusks, marine or earthworms, and insect larvae.
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