French: Pluvier argenté German: Kiebitzregenpfeifer Spanish: Chorlito gris
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Subspecies and Distribution
P. s. squatarola
(Linnaeus, 1758) – extreme NE Europe (Kanin Peninsula) E through N Asia (except Wrangel I) to coasts of Chukotka and Anadyrland and to NW North America (W & N Alaska); winters on coasts of W & S Europe, S Africa, S Asia, Indonesia and Australia, rarely New Zealand.
P. s. tomkovichi
Engelmoer & Roselaar, 1998 – Wrangel I, in Chukchi Sea (off NE Siberia); winters presumably on coasts of E Asia and farther S.
P. s. cynosurae
(Thayer & Bangs, 1914) – coast and islands of Canadian Arctic; winters along coasts of North and South America.
27–31 cm; 165–395 g; wingspan 71–83 cm. In alternate (breeding) plumage sparkling silver upperparts with contrasting black underparts; black axillaries... read more
Most-frequently heard call away from breeding grounds a plaintive, drawn-out, pure whistle, “... read more
In Taymyr breeds from polar deserts to forest tundra, but commonest in Arctic tundra subzone.... read more
Food and feeding
On tundra, mainly insects and their larvae, such as beetles and Diptera, and other invertebrates; occasionally some grass seeds and stems.... read more
Lays late May to first half Jun. Monogamous, often for several years. Solitary, with nests not less than 400–500 m apart; breeds in... read more
Migratory. Departs breeding grounds Jul–Sept; juveniles leave 5–6 weeks after adults;... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Very few estimates of numbers from breeding grounds, except 10,000 and 100,000 pairs in Russia in 1980s, thus most such information... read more
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