Wandering Tattler

Wandering Tattler

Wandering Tattlers are unremarkable gray birds with lighter bellies with more barring in breeding plumage.

They bob their tails and have a white stripe through the eye and yellow legs.

  • Tringa incana
  • Length: 10.2-11.8 in (26-30 cm)
  • Weight: 2.1-6.0 oz (60-169 g)
  • Wingspan: 19.7-21.6 in (50-55 cm)


Wandering Tattlers breed in Alaska, northwestern Canada and East Russia before migrating to the Pacific coast of North and South America.

Habitat and Diet

You can find Wandering Tattlers in alpine tundra during the breeding season and rocky coastal habitats in winter.

Wandering Tattlers eat insects and invertebrates by sight and pick them off plants and rocks or catch crabs as the waves recede.

Wandering Tattler calls:


Nests of Wandering Tattlers are depressions on the ground among the pebbles near mountain streams. They are lined with twigs and leaves.

Fun Fact:

Wandering Tattlers get their name from their presence on islands across a vast area across the Pacific.