Gray-tailed Tattler

Tringa brevipes

Order

CHARADRIIFORMES

Family

Sandpipers, Phalaropes and Allies (Scolopacidae)

Code 4

GTTA

Code 6

TRIBRE

ITIS

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ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Gray-tailed Tattler is a small shorebird found mainly in northeastern Siberia. Breeding grounds for this species are found in stony riverbeds. Nests are built on the ground, but this bird will perch in trees. At times, they have also been known to utilize old nests from other species. During the cold winter months, the Gray-tailed Tattler will migrate to the mud and sand of the coasts of southeastern Asia and Australia. Occasionally, they are found in western North America and western Europe. Diets consist mainly of insects, invertebrates and crustaceans. The conservation rating for the Gray-tailed Tattler is Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Gray-tailed Tattler: This medium-sized sandpiper has gray upperparts and cap, white eyebrow and throat, a gray streaked breast and pale gray underparts. The wings and tail are dark and the legs and feet are yellow. It feeds on insects and larvae by probing in sand and water. It has a direct flight with quick wing beats. The sexes are similar.


Range and Habitat

Gray-tailed Tattler: Breeds in northeast Siberia. Occurs as a regular spring and fall migrant on the outer Aleutian Islands, Pribilofs, and St. Lawrence Island, and casually on the Alaskan coast, north to Point Barrow; there are single records from Washington and California. Strongly migratory, spending winter months in Southeast Asia and Australia.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"tu-weeeeeet", "klee-klee"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Gray-tailed Tattler is also known as the Gray-rumped Tattler, the Gray-rumped Sandpiper, the Siberian Tattler, and the Polynesian Tattler.
  • It is closely related to its North American counterpart, the Wandering Tattler and is difficult to distinguish from that species.
  • A group of tattlers are collectively known as a "whisper" of tattlers.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP

CERange Map for Gray-tailed Tattler

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

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Gary Owen Dick

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Samira Belous

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

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