Small wader (L 18 cm). Immediately attracts attention by its swimming habitats, often spins around the water to whirl up plankton and mosquito larvae, which it pecks up at incredible speed. Male less colourful in plumage than female. In summer plumage, has reddish-brown neck. Breeding is usually in colonies in wetlands, river's islands and lakeshores. Feeds mainly on insects and their larvae. Migrant
Reasons for the need for protection/inclusion in annex I
The major threats for the species are drainage of wetlands, habitat' simplification, human disturbance, floodings and predation by Long-tailed Skua (Stercorarius parasiticus).
yellow = summer visitor
green = resident
blue = winter visitor
less than 10,000 pairs
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