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Common passage migrant, uncommon winter visitor. A bird of mudflats and muddy shorelines, even in inland pools. Up to 80 recorded in mid March 1966 in Kuwait Bay. The largest of the Palearctic Tringa sandpipers.
Where in Kuwait
On migration this species occurs on inland flooded farmlands, sandbars and marshes in and around the coast in the Jahra area and the calls of the include a loud, ringing tchew-tchew-tchew which is very distinctive amongst other waders it may be associating with.
In the world
It has an extremely large range with a stable population and is a full migrant, travelling overland on a broad front between its breeding grounds in central Asia (Russia and Siberia), and its wintering grounds in sub-Saharan Africa, southern Asia, Indonesia and Australia. It is the largest species in the genus Tringa.
Habitat loss through reclamation of mudflats for development and oil pollution.