It is a species with a very wide distribution. It reproduced in a narrow band in the Arctic Circle, from northern Scandinavia east to the northeast of Russia, and the far northwest United States. Wintering especially in Africa (mainly south of Sahara) and Southeast Asia. In Mexico is sporadic in Baja California Norte, Baja California Sur and Michoacan.
It is a migratory species. Starts its migration from north to south in the month of August, and returning north again in March to April; in Mexico is considered a rare to accidental species from October to April. It has been estimated that the range of occurrence of this species is about 10,000,000 km2, and the overall population is estimated at between 500,000 - 5,000,000 individuals.