Slender and small long-legged (L 20 cm). At breeding season, the species inhabits mainly open wetlands in taiga and on tundra. In other parts of Europe birds occur in marshy areas, peat bogs and along the shores of small lakes. Forages on freshwater margins and flooded meadows, rarely on exposed coasts. The diet consists mostly of insects, but also small molluscs and crustaceans. Migrant.
Reasons for the need for protection/inclusion in annex I
Much of the breeding population has declined during last centuries, mainly due to drainage of wetlands. In the north of its breeding range, vast peatlands have already been exploited for forestry .
yellow = summer visitor
green = resident
blue = winter visitor
250,000 / 400,000 pairs
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