Of the seven species of tiny 'peeps' and 'stints' around the world, Temminck's is the most distinctive, with its horizontal look, long tail, and white outer tail feathers. Unlike the others, it usually occurs singly or in very small groups, in marshy places instead of open mudflats. Widespread in Eurasia, it is a rare migrant in western Alaska.
Illustration © David Allen Sibley.
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Text © Kenn Kaufman, adapted from
Lives of North American Birds
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Songs and CallsA high, cricketlike trill, distinctive from other tiny sandpipers.
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