Constantly bobs its tail up and down. Walks along rocky shorelines where its gray back and chest blend in with the rocks.© Brian SullivanCalifornia, April 19, 2008
Forages along rocky shorelines where it blends in with the rocks.© Bruce Wedderburn | Macaulay LibraryNorfolk Island, April 04, 2011
- Medium-sized shorebird.
- Short, thick yellow legs.
- Moderately long, straight bill.
- Gray all over.
- Belly white.
- Short white eyestripe.
- Constantly bobs its tail and rear end up and down as it walks.
- Entire underside heavily barred in breeding plumage.
- Plain gray wings and tail.
Immature DescriptionSimilar to nonbreeding adult, but gray breast and flanks faintly smudged and barred, and back feathers with some whitish tips.
Relative Sizebetween robin and crow
- Both Sexes
- Length: 10.2-11.8 in (26-30 cm)
- Weight: 2.1-6.0 oz (60-169 g)
- Wingspan: 19.7-21.6 in (50-55 cm)
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