French: Tournepierre à collier German: Steinwälzer Spanish: Vuelvepiedras común
Subspecies and Distribution
A. i. interpres
(Linnaeus, 1758) – Axel Heiberg I and Ellesmere I (N Canadian Arctic), Greenland, and N Eurasia to NW Alaska; winters on coasts of W Europe, Africa, S Asia, Australasia and Pacific islands, with some also on Pacific coast of America from California to at least Mexico.
A. i. morinella
(Linnaeus, 1766) – NE Alaska and most of Arctic Canada; winters from South Carolina and Gulf of Mexico S to SC Chile and N Argentina.
21–26 cm; 84–190 g; wingspan 50–57 cm. Robust shorebird with short legs; black-and-white head, throat, neck and breast; upperparts rufous-chestnut with... read more
Limited repertoire; gives a short staccato rattle in contact year-round, likened to call of some... read more
Stony coastal plains, marshy slopes and flats in lowlands, and tundra; always close to areas that... read more
Food and feeding
In breeding season, mainly Diptera (especially adult and larval midges), also Lepidoptera larvae, Hymenoptera, beetles and spiders; some... read more
Lays mid May to early Jul, primarily mid Jun in Canada, and mid Jun to early Jul on Spitsbergen. Monogamous and solitary. On Taymyr... read more
Migratory. Breeding range divisible into five populations: (1) birds of Axel Heiberg I, Ellesmere I... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Estimated numbers of wintering birds: 67,000 in Europe, including c. 50,000 in Britain, but excluding Iceland, S Norway and Ireland,... read more
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