French: Chevalier semipalmé German: Schlammtreter Spanish: Playero aliblanco
J. F. Gmelin
New York, USA
Subspecies and Distribution
T. s. inornata
(Brewster, 1887) – C Alberta and SW Manitoba S to NE California, N Colorado and W Nebraska; winters from coastal S USA to N South America, mainly on Pacific coast, S to N Chile.
T. s. semipalmata
(J. F. Gmelin, 1789) – S New Brunswick, Atlantic and Gulf coasts of USA, and West Indies; winters from Atlantic and Gulf coasts of USA and Mexico through Central America and West Indies to S Brazil.
33–41 cm; 173–375 g; wingspan 56–66 cm. Medium-sized, rather broad-winged, tall-standing wader resembling Tringa; heavy bill, long legs; pale... read more
Rather noisy, giving loud “klip” or “kleep” in alarm and a harsh “wee-wee-wee” in flight, but is... read more
Races differ in habitat preferences: inornata associated with prairie marshes uring... read more
Food and feeding
While breeding, feeds on small molluscs, fish fry, marine worms and aquatic insects. Outside breeding season often takes small crabs,... read more
Lays Apr–Jun, mainly early May to mid Jun in inornata and overall from late Apr to mid Jul in nominate. Probably monogamous... read more
Race inornata strongly migratory, wintering as far N as Gulf of Mexico and California,... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Recent estimates suggest total population 250,000 birds, of which c. 10% breed in Canada, with nominate race thouht to number 90,000... read more
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