French: Chevalier cul-blanc German: Waldwasserläufer Spanish: Andarríos grande
Scandinavia and N & E Europe through C Asia to E Siberia; isolated population in Kyrgyzstan and extreme NW China (NW Xinjiang). Winters in Mediterranean and tropical Africa, and from Turkey through Middle East and Indian Subcontinent to S Japan, E China, Philippines and N Borneo; small wintering populations in W & WC Europe, and in sheltered valleys of Tien Shan zone.
21–24 cm; 53–119 g; wingspan 57–61 cm. Medium-sized, dark sandpiper; foreneck, breast and upper flanks streaked grey-brown, underparts white; rump white,... read more
Song, given by male from ground and in display flight (see Breeding), is a sustained, melodious “... read more
Damp wooded areas, in old, swampy woodland and montane forest; preferably pine woods, but also in... read more
Food and feeding
Feeds on aquatic and terrestrial insects, mainly adults and larvae of beetles, Diptera and Trichoptera, but also dragonfly larvae, ants,... read more
Lays mid/late Apr to late Jun (earliest around Baltic, up to c. 1 month later in N Scandinavia and Russia). Monogamous. Densities normally... read more
Moves overland on broad front, generally in low concentrations on passage and at stopover sites;... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Possibly more than 1,000,000 breeding birds in Europe, of which 10,000–20,000 pairs in Norway (1970–1990), 20,000–... read more
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