Wandering Tattler

Tringa incana

Order

CHARADRIIFORMES

Family

Sandpipers, Phalaropes (Scolopacidae)

Code 4

WATA

Code 6

TRIINC

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Wandering Tattler has a large range, estimated globally at 100,000 to 1,000,000 square kilometers. Native to the Americas and nearby island nations and vagrant to Asia, this bird prefers subtropical inland wetland and neritic or intertidal marine ecosystems. The global population of this bird is estimated at 10,000 to 25,000 individuals and does not show signs of decline that would necessitate inclusion on the IUCN Red List. For this reason, the current evaluation status of the Wandering Tattler is Least Concern.

IBIRD EXPLORER GENERAL

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BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY

SUMMARY

Overview

Wandering Tattler: This medium-sized sandpiper has solid gray upperparts and heavily black-and-white barred underparts. It has a finely streaked face, a dark eye line, long black bill, white eye ring and dull yellow legs and feet. Feeds on insects, larvae, worms and mollusks. Quick, direct flight with rapid wing beats. Sexes are similar.

 

Range and Habitat

Wandering Tattler: Breeds in mountainous areas of Alaska and northwestern British Columbia. Spends winters on Pacific coast from central California southward down the coast of Mexico. Found on rugged, rocky coastlines, jetties, and breakwaters, but during migration may be found on sandy beaches and coastal estuaries.

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Wandering Tattler SONGS AND CALLS

Wandering Tattler C1

Call is a piping "kree-kree-kree".

Similar Sounding

Gray-tailed Tattler I1

Call is a whistled, upslurred "tu-wheet".


Voice Text

"whit-wee-wee-wees"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Although their feet are not webbed, they are decent swimmers and can swim as chicks.
  • In Greek, the genus name, Heteroscelus, means "different leg." It refers to the small scaling on their feet, which differentiates these tattlers from other sandpipers.
  • It is believed that hunters named Wandering Tattlers for their loud and scolding calls, which warn other birds of approaching danger.
  • A group of tattlers are collectively known as a "whisper" of tattlers.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

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This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

RANGE MAP HAWAII

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This map shows how this species is distributed across the Hawaiian island.

RANGE MAP PALAU

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This map shows how this species is distributed across the Palau islands.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Chris Vest

HELP ME IDENTIFY A BIRD

BACKYARD BIRDING

BIRDS AND BIRDING

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UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
Eye lineX
The line of feathers just in front of and behind the eyes. It extends back from the posterior angle of the eye. This can be a useful trait used in identification in the field since it is very noticeable.
Eye ringX
The circle around the eye formed of feathers that are a different color from the rest of the face.
FaceX
The front part of the head consisting of the bill, eyes, cheeks and chin.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X