At a Glance
An odd shorebird from Eurasia with short legs and a long, upcurved bill. On a mudflat with other sandpipers, the Terek often draws attention by its animated behavior, running about more actively than the other birds. It occurs in small numbers in western Alaska during migration, occasionally in flocks.
All bird guide text and rangemaps adapted from Lives of North American Birds by Kenn Kaufman© 1996, used by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
Sandpiper-like Birds, Sandpipers
Coasts and Shorelines, Saltwater Wetlands, Tundra and Boreal Habitats
Alaska and The North
Direct Flight, Rapid Wingbeats, Running
Range & Identification
10" (25.5 cm). Odd bill shape: long, rather thick, slightly upcurved. Short yellow-orange legs. Plain gray-brown above, usually with dark line above wings.
About the size of a Crow, About the size of a Robin
Brown, Gray, Orange, White
Long, Pointed, Tapered
Songs and Calls
A rolling series of shrill whistles.
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