- Breeds in sparsely vegetated areas next to coastal meadows.
- In winter, found along high-energy rocky shorelines, on beaches near rocky coasts, and on jetties and piers.
Aquatic invertebrates: crustaceans, barnacles, and limpets.Back to top
Scrape or depression in ground or vegetation. Lined with vegetation.
|Egg Description:||Oval to mildly pointed, pale olive with brown spots and blotches.|
|Condition at Hatching:||Active and covered with down.|
Uses aerial displays to attract a mate.Uses oddly-shaped bill to flip and turn stones, algae, sticks, and other items to find food underneath. Probes in cracks. Pecks at food on surface of rocks.Back to top
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