- Latin Name
- Arenaria interpres
- 23 cm
- Frequents coastal mud-flats and shorelines, especially rocky shores; occasionally on inland waters.
- A summer migrant from the Palaearctic found along the coast and on offshore islands.
- Bird Call
- When disturbed they fly away low over the water uttering their call of 'kit-it-it-it' or 'chidda-chidda-chidda'.
- The present species breeds in the Arctic regions only, coming south of the Equator in all continents during the northern winter.
- Immature Description
- In winter plumage the head is grey and white, the upper parts brown mottled with grey and white. The throat and underparts are white with a broad mottled grey and white band across the chest. The pointed bill is black and the legs orange.
- Adult Description
- In summer plumage the head and neck attain a black-and-white pattern, the scapulars and wing-coverts a bright chestnut.
- Common summer visitor
- Common at Langebaan.