Medium-sized wader (35 cm), with tail markings and slightly upcurved bill. Breeding habitats include wet river valleys and open woodlands near water-bodies. In winter, birds occur chiefly in flocks at intertidal habitats. Food consists mainly of worms, insects and rarely of seeds and small fruits. Migrant.
Reasons for the need for protection/inclusion in annex I
The breeding population is unlikely to exceed 400-500 pairs. The species is vulnerable due its concentration at a few suitable coastal wetlands outside the breeding season. Many European passage and wintering sites are either poorly protected or lack any protection.
yellow = summer visitor
green = resident
blue = winter visitor
about 500 pairs
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