Grey-tailed Tattler (species: Tringa (Tringa) brevipes) in Hat Head NP (Gaia Guide)
Tringa (Tringa) brevipes
Grey-tailed Tattler

©J.J. Harrison: Non-breeding plumage Grey-tailed tattler (Grey-tailed Tattler)

©台灣水鳥研究群 彰化海岸保育行動聯盟: Grey-tailed Tattler (Tringa (Tringa) brevipes)

©Hiyashi Haka: Grey-tailed Tattler (Tringa (Tringa) brevipes)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Charadriiformes
Family Scolopacidae
Genus Tringa
Species Tringa (Tringa) brevipes



Distinguishing features

It has unpatterned, greyish wings and back and a scaly breast pattern extending more or less onto the belly in breeding plumage. The upper parts, underwings, face and neck are grey, and the belly is white. They have short yellowish legs and a bill with a pale base and dark tip. There is a weak eyebrow. (Wikipedia)


  • Up to 27 cm (Length of specimen)


  • Up to 51 cm



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution: Grey-tailed Tattler (Tringa (Tringa) brevipes)

Distribution and habitat preferences

It breeds in northeast Siberia. After breeding, they migrate to an area from southeast Asia to Australia. (Wikipedia)

Audio recordings


Alaska. Interval between first and second calls shortened.

© Ryan P. O'Donnell


These birds forage on the ground or water, picking up food by sight. They eat insects, crustaceans and other invertebrates. (Wikipedia)

Web resources