Medium-sized Eurasian shorebird with long thin dark bill, long neck and long yellowish legs. Similar to North American yellowlegs, but the bill is much thinner and the head is noticeably paler in most plumages. Alternate Adult: Whitish head and neck with gray-brown streaks. Plain white supercilium, throat and fore-neck. Whitish underparts with grayish streaks and spots on flanks and undertail. Upperparts are brownish-gray with dark spots on wings and back and dark bars on tertials. White tail with dark barring. Basic Adult: Paler and less streaky than breeding. Plainer, paler upperparts generally lacking dark markings. Feathers on wings may have pale edging. In flight, feet project well beyond tail tip. White tail with dark barring continuous with pure white patch on rump that contrasts with gray back. Wings slightly darker than back, white under-wing coverts.
Length: 21 (cm) Wingspan: 56 (cm)
Mudflats, flooded fields, ponds and shallow areas of water.
Walks gracefully and carefully. Forages by walking and picking. Migratory.
Diet consists of insects and crustaceans.
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