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Wandering Tattler

Tringa incana ORDER: CHARADRIIFORMES FAMILY: SCOLOPACIDAE

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

A characteristic bird of the rocky Pacific Coast, the Wandering Tattler can be seen bobbing and teetering among the rocks and waves during winter and migration. Some individuals spend the summer along the southern part of the range rather than go with the rest of the birds to their breeding grounds in the mountains of Alaska and northwestern Canada.

At a GlanceHelp

Measurements
Both Sexes
Length
10.2–11.8 in
26–30 cm
Wingspan
19.7–21.7 in
50–55 cm
Weight
2.1–6 oz
60–169 g
Other Names
  • Chevalier errant (French)
  • Playero vagabundo (Spanish)

Cool Facts

  • The name "wandering" refers to its widespread occurrence over vast portions of ocean. "Tattler" refers to its voice; its alarm notes alert other birds to a hunter's presence.

Habitat


Shoreline

Food


Insects

Nesting

Nest Placement

Ground

Behavior


Probing

Conservation

status via IUCN

Least Concern

Populations of Wandering Tattler appear stable, though they may be declining slightly. The species is not on the 2014 State of the Birds Watch List.

Credits

  • Gill, R. E., B. J. McCaffery, and P. S. Tomkovich. 2002. Wandering Tattler (Heteroscelus incanus). In The Birds of North America, No.642 (A. Poole and F. Gill, eds.). The Birds of North America, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.
  • North American Bird Conservation Initiative, U.S. Committee. 2014. State of the Birds 2014 Report. U.S. Department of Interior, Washington, DC.

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