(F = Reeve)
(284) M 28 cm, F 22 cm; M 170g, F 100g
Similar in non-br plumage, M much larger than F.
Distinctive scaled or scalloped upperparts, thickset appearance and
shortish, dark stout bill (pink to orange-red in br). Legs orange
coloured, though this sometimes varies in shades of yellow, pink,
vermilion or brown. Birds with bright orange/red legs could be
mistaken for Common Redshank but lack streaked underparts, and in
flight the white secondaries. Small proportion of Ms whitish on
head, upper parts and breast.
Similar to non-br ad but buffier.
Common non br Palearctic migrant, main arrivals Aug/Sept,
departure Jan/Feb. Gregarious, usually in small flocks.
Most inland water bodies; rarely on open coast.
Aquatic insects and shrimps.
Mostly silent in winter quarters.
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