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Grey-tailed Tattler
Tringa brevipes

Grey-tailed Tattlers are migratory waders that spend the southern winter in Siberia and are common in the summer here on coastlines. They are very similar to the Wandering Tattler, but somewhat lighter in colour, although it is dificult to differentiate them - the difference in call is probably the easist sign with the Grey-tailed giving a two-note call and the Wandering a trill. They are 25-27 cm in length. Their diet consists of small crustaceans, insects, marine worms and molluscs, which they probe in mud and sand for with their long bills.
 

Grey-tailed Tattler

Grey-tailed Tattler

Grey-tailed Tattler

1-2: Cairns Esplanade, Qld, 17/10/2010.
3: Cairns Esplanade, Qld, 13/03/2012.