French: Chevalier arlequin German: Dunkler Wasserläufer Spanish: Archibebe oscuro
N Scandinavia and NW Russia across N Siberia to Chukotskiy Peninsula. Winters from W Europe through Mediterranean to equatorial Africa, and E through Persian Gulf and India to SE Asia, SE China and Taiwan.
29–32 cm; 97–230 g; wingspan 61–67 cm. Elegant wader, with long neck, legs and bill; entirely black, with white dots on upperparts, and often variable... read more
Song, which is given mainly in flight (but also from ground) comprises short bouts of “tee-u” or... read more
Open wooded tundra, swampy pine or birch forest near treeline, and more open areas such as... read more
Food and feeding
Chiefly aquatic insects and their larvae, terrestrial flying insects, small crustaceans, molluscs, polychaete worms, fish and amphibians,... read more
Lays mid May to late Jun. Monogamous, but pair-bond typically very short-lived; apparently sometimes polyandrous. Rather patchy dispersion... read more
Migratory. Passage overland on broad front, although also important route along W coast of Europe.... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). European and W African population numbers 75,000–150,000 birds (1994); 23,000–40,000 birds breed in Fennoscandia (1993),... read more
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