Gray-Tailed Tattler

Tringa brevipes
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The gray-tailed tattler is very similar to the wandering tattler. The upper parts, underwings, face, and neck are grey, and the belly is white. They have short yellowish legs and a bill with a pale base and dark tip. The best distinction between the gray-tailed tattler and the wandering tattler is the call; the grey-tailed tattler has a two-syllable too-weet, and the wandering tattler has a rippling trill of short whistles that trail off at the end. The gray-tailed tattler is a rare visitor to Wake Island with only five previous records of single birds in 1996, 1998, 1999, 2004, and 2007. During the 2010/2011 PRC monitoring surveys, 1 or 2 gray-tailed tattlers were observed on several visits. These birds were most often observed in the ponds and tidal channels (seven occurrences), but occasionally on the exposed mudflats at the southern end of the lagoon.

The species breeds in Siberia in May to late August. There are usually four eggs in a clutch and nests are generally shallow depressions. During non-breeding months birds will migrate to tropical Pacific.

Facts About Gray-Tailed Tattler


During breeding season they mainly eat insects. Non-breeding season they will eat crustaceans, polychaetes, molluscs, insects and occasionally fish.


Oldest recorded at least 15 years old


Approximately 9-11 in (23-27 cm) in length, Wingspan 23-26 in (60-65 cm)