The Gray-breasted Seedsnipe is fairly common resident of Patagonian and high Andean steppe. It is found from the high elevations of the northern Peruvian Andes, south to the tip of Tierra del Fuego. It prefers puna grassland and is most often found in areas of low and matted cushion-plants or herbs and additionally in short grass bordering bogs. It uses its sharp stubby bill to cut and pull off the buds and leaf tips of succulent plants and herbs. The Gray-breasted Seedsnipe is very similar to its congener the Least Seedsnipe and identification is often difficult, but note lack of a pronounced dark border to the grey of the throat and chest and the courser scalloping on the back compared to its congener.