Russian: Исландский песочник
Mongolian: Шармаг элсэг
Japanese: コオバシギ (Ko-oba-shigi)
length: 23-26 cm
span: 47-53 cm
in high Arctic. Winters on wide tidal flats, locally in huge flocks; smaller
numbers occasionally on freshwater pools near cost. Concentrated spring
migration late May-early Jun largely unnoticed.
Rather short-legged, plump wader, larger and stockier than Dunlin. Bill usually
straight and rather thick and short (about same length as head), but some have
surprisingly long and slightly decurved bill. In flight, has long-winged,
short-bodied outline with thin white wing-bar and pale grey (actually finely
barred) rump patch. In winter and juvenile plumages, best told by shape,
general greyness, prominent light supercilium and rather short greyish-green
- Adult summer: ♂ average more uniform and richer fufous-orange below than ♀.
- Adult winter: Plain grey above with thin white fringes to scapulars, white
supercilium, grey-streaked breast, and grey bars and chevrons on flanks and
undertail-coverts. Juvenile: Like adult winter at distance and undertail-coverts.
- Juvenile: Like adult winter at distance, but usually with orange-buff wash on
underparts (occasionally so strong as to suggest adult summer) and breast and
flanks more finely spotted and barred with grey; at close range, upperparts and
especially wing-coverts neatly pale-fringed, with dark subterminal crescents.