Wandering Tattler Tringa incana


The Wandering Tattler is a small shorebird that is fond of the rocky intertidal zone.  Breeding in isolated areas of western Canada, Alaska, and eastern Russia, it winters in low densities along coastlines in the northern Pacific; in the Neotropics, the species can be found in winter along the Pacific coast of North America south to Mexico, which scattered records all the way south to Panama.  This bird is gray above and gray-barred white below with white spectacles, a medium-length, straight bill, and yellow legs.  The Wandering Tattler can often be found feeding on aquatic invertebrates in the precarious coastal spray zone in the company of Black Turnstones, Surfbirds, and other shorebirds.

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Recommended Citation

Wandering Tattler (Tringa incana), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/wantat1