15 1/2-20" (41-51 cm). A tall shorebird with distinctively upcurved bill. Adult has broad black and white stripes on back and inner half of upper wing; primaries black; belly and tail region white; head, neck, and breast light cinnamon in breeding plumage and dusky white in winter; legs long, thin, gray; black bill very long, very fine, distinctly upswept.
Similar Species- Black-necked Stilt, Godwits, Willet
Broadcasts ringing, repeated kyip calls.
Breeds from parts of southern Canada and Minnesota, south locally to southern California, central Nevada, northern Utah, south-central Colorado, southern New Mexico and San Luis Potosi, and east to central Kansas and coastal Texas. Nonbreeders may summer in usual winter range. Winters from California and southern Texas, south through Mexico, casually in Central America, and locally in southern Florida.
Found in lowland marshes, mudflats, ponds, alkaline lakes, and estuaries.
Eats variety of aquatic insects and their larvae, crustaceans, and seeds of aquatic plants.
Nests in depression on ground, or on gravel, mud or vegetation. When breeding, nests in loose colonies. Colony may engage in group distraction displays or mob predators. Individuals walk slowly through water and often feed in flocks that number 12-300 birds. May dive or extend head under surface of water while feeding. May forage by swimming in deep water using their partially webbed feet to swim.
|Status:||Protected nongame species|
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