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Terek Sandpiper
Xenus cinereus

Map of the common names


Medium-sized wader (L 23 cm), recognized by upcurved and long bill, dirty-grey and colourless plumage with black V on back. Occurs mainly on muddy riversides and lakeshores, nest typically placed among greyed driftwood on riverbanks. The diet consists of small aquatic invertebrates. Migrant.

Watercolour by Serge Nicolle

Reasons for the need for protection/inclusion in annex I

The species is rare in EU, where its breeding population is unlikely to exceed 25 pairs. The major threats are the loss and degradation of habitat and human disturbance.

Distribution map

yellow = summer visitor
green = resident
blue = winter visitor

Population : about 20 pairs

Drawing by Manuel Manolos

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