Wandering Tattler (species: Tringa (Tringa) incana) in Monterey Bay, California (Gaia Guide)
Tringa (Tringa) incana
Wandering Tattler

©Dan Dzurisin: Wandering Tattler (Tringa (Tringa) incana)

©Tom Tarrant: Wandering Tattler (Tringa (Tringa) incana)

©Bill Bouton: Wandering Tattler (Tringa (Tringa) incana) in basic (non-breeding) plumage
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Charadriiformes
Family Scolopacidae
Genus Tringa
Species Tringa (Tringa) incana



Distinguishing features

These birds have stocky bodies with gray upperparts, underwings, face and neck and a white belly. They have short dark yellow legs and a dark gray bill. Adults in breeding plumage are heavily barred underneath. (Wikipedia)


  • From 26 cm to 30 cm (Length of specimen)


  • From 50 cm to 55 cm



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Distribution and habitat preferences

In Summer, they are found in Alaska and northwestern Canada. They nest in rocky areas along mountain streams. At other times, they are found on rocky islands in the southwest Pacific and on rocky Pacific coasts from California to South America and as far as Australia. (Wikipedia)

Audio recordings


Alaska. Interval between two calls shortened.

© Ryan P. O'Donnell


They feed on aquatic invertebrates such as crustaceans and marine worms. During breeding season, they also eat insects. While wading, they forage actively, making jerky bobbing movements. (Wikipedia)

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