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Grey-tailed Tattler

(Tringa [Heteroscelus] brevipes)
Alternate name(s): "Grey-rumped Tattler", "Grey-rumped Sandpiper", "Siberian Tattler"
Size: 25-28 cm; wing span 45-55 cm
Weight: 100-140 g

Similar species

Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Grey-tailed Tattler at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

ADULT

Sex unknown

BREEDING

Near-frontal view of a Grey-tailed Tattler in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Nudgee Beach, QLD, February 2018]

Lateral view of a Grey-tailed Tattler in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Nudgee Beach, QLD, February 2018]

Grey-tailed Tattlers in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Toorbul Wader Roost, Brisbane, QLD, September 2017]

Grey-tailed Tattlers in both breeding and non-breeding plumage, together with (larger) Bar-tailed Godwits; the Grey-tailed Tattlers in breeding plumage are the two smaller birds at centre left (lateral view) and, in particular, back right (near-lateral view), with the barred front and flanks (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Wynnum Foreshore, Brisbane, QLD, August 2017]

NON-BREEDING

Near-lateral view of a Grey-tailed Tattler in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Deception Bay, QLD, February 2018]

Near-lateral view of a Grey-tailed Tattler in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Nudgee Beach, QLD, February 2018]

Lateral view of a Grey-tailed Tattler in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)
[Lady Elliot Island, near Agnes Water, QLD, January 2016]

Lateral view of a Grey-tailed Tattler in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)
[Lady Elliot Island, near Agnes Water, QLD, January 2016]

Lateral view of a Grey-tailed Tattler in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[East Point, Darwin, NT, January 2019]

Lateral view of a Grey-tailed Tattler in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Deception Bay, QLD, February 2018]

Near-dorsal view of a Grey-tailed Tattler in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)
[Lady Elliot Island, near Agnes Water, QLD, January 2016]

Close-up near-dorsal view of a Grey-tailed Tattler in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Esplanade, Cairns, QLD, December 2018]

Close-up near-dorsal view of a Grey-tailed Tattler in non-breeding plumage, here seen preening (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Esplanade, Cairns, QLD, December 2018]

Comparison with Bar-tailed Godwit

A series of photos comparing a Grey-tailed Tattler with a Bar-tailed Godwit is available HERE.

Food, Diet

Grey-tailed Tattler in non-breeding plumage taking a mud crab (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Esplanade, Cairns, QLD, December 2018]

Grey-tailed Tattler in non-breeding plumage taking a mud crab (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Esplanade, Cairns, QLD, December 2018]

Grey-tailed Tattler in non-breeding plumage taking a mud crab (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Esplanade, Cairns, QLD, December 2018]

Grey-tailed Tattler in non-breeding plumage digging up prey (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Deception Bay, QLD, February 2018]

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