French: Chevalier errant German: Wanderwasserläufer Spanish: Playero de Alaska
J. F. Gmelin
Moorea (Eimeo), Society Group, Pacific Ocean
Extreme NE Siberia and Alaska E to Yukon R and NW British Columbia. Winters in SW USA, mainly S from California, and W Mexico to Galapagos Is and Peru; also Hawaiian Is, and islands of C & S Pacific to E New Guinea and NE Australia.
26–29 cm; 60–169 g; wingspan 54–66 cm. Short yellow legs and dark grey upperparts. Very similar to T. brevipes, but slightly darker upperparts and... read more
Loud piping calls heard on breeding grounds, including a medium-loud “kree-kree-kree” or a much... read more
Similar to that of T. brevipes, but variety of wintering habitat narrower. Breeding... read more
Food and feeding
Breeding season diet mainly aquatic insects and their larvae, e.g. of stoneflies (Plecoptera), caddisflies (Trichoptera), earwigs (... read more
Present in breeding areas from early May to Aug, with incubation starting around late May/early Jun, with peak hatching probably in late... read more
Migratory. Passage oceanic towards Hawaiian Is, but many birds move along outer coast and islands... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Total population estimated at maximum of 25,000 birds, but perhaps as few as 5000 individuals, with at least 90% of population... read more
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