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Tattler (Grey-tailed) Tringa brevipes

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Scolopacidae
Genus: Tringa
Species: T. brevipes
Binomial name: Tringa brevipes
Synonyms: Heteroscelus brevipes, Heterosceles brevipes, Heteractitis brevipes
Common names: Siberian tattle, Grey-tailed tattler, Polynesian tattler,

Tringa brevipes is a small, long-distance migrant from its breeding grounds, the stony riverbeds in northeast Siberia. After breeding, they migrate southeast to Australia and New Zealand where they winter on muddy and sandy coasts. These birds forage on the ground or in water, picking up food by sight. They eat insects, crustaceans and other invertebrates.
Their body length is 25 cm (bill tip to tail). The underwings, face and neck are grey, and the belly is white. They have short yellowish legs and a bill with a pale base and dark tip. It is smaller and greyer than the Wandering tattler (Tringa incana) and rarer. 
They are not particularly gregarious birds and are seldom seen in large flocks except at roosts.
These birds forage on the ground or water, picking up food by sight. They eat insects, crustaceans and other invertebrates.

  

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