Very common passage migrant and winter visitor, but also a scarce summer visitor. In Kuwait it is usually seen on coastal mudflats, but sometimes in inland wetlands also. Forms flocks in coastal mudflats; up to 1000 recorded in late January 2005 in Kuwait Bay.
Where in Kuwait
On passage the species may frequent inland flooded grasslands, but during the winter it is largely coastal and this is primarily where it is seen in Kuwait, although it is also recorded inland on brackish pools in the Jahra area. They are wary and noisy birds which will alert everything else with their loud piping call.
In the world
It has an extremely large range with an apparently stable population and most populations of this species are fully migratory and travel on a broad front over land and along coasts. It is a migratory species, wintering on coasts around the Mediterranean, on the Atlantic coast of Europe from Great Britain southwards, and in South Asia.
Habitat loss due to development but also oil pollution.