Bird GuideSandpipersGray-tailed Tattler
Gray-tailed Tattler
Tringa brevipes

At a Glance

A close relative of our Wandering Tattler, replacing it as a breeding bird in Siberia; the two may winter together sometimes in coastal Australia. The Gray-tailed Tattler is not so tied to rocky shorelines as its American counterpart, being found more often on mudflats. It occurs as a rare but regular migrant in western Alaska.
Sandpiper-like Birds, Sandpipers
Low Concern
Coasts and Shorelines, Freshwater Wetlands, Tundra and Boreal Habitats
Alaska and The North
Direct Flight, Erratic, Rapid Wingbeats, Running

Range & Identification


10" (25.5 cm). Like Wandering Tattler but more lightly and finely marked in breeding plumage, with very narrow dark bars on sides and flanks that do not extend across the white belly. In fall and winter, almost identical to Wandering Tattler, best identified by voice.
About the size of a Crow, About the size of a Robin
Gray, White, Yellow
Wing Shape
Long, Pointed, Tapered
Tail Shape
Rounded, Short, Square-tipped

Songs and Calls

A mellow, whistled, up-slurred too-weet.