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Uncommon passage migrant, scarce winter and summer visitor. A familiar widespread species using a variety of wetland and shoreline habitats. Usually forages singly or in small parties; up to 100 were recorded in mid April 1959.
Where in Kuwait
This species inhabits a wide variety of habitats from coastal shores, outfalls, salt marshes, inland wetlands and farmlands wherever this habitat is found in Kuwait. It has a distinctive ‘teetering’ behaviour, in which the head and the rear of the body are constantly bobbed up and down when the bird is standing or walking.
In the world
It has an extremely large range with a declining population and is a full migrant, migrating at night overland on a broad front across both deserts and mountains. It breeds from Europe, east across central Asia, to Kamchatka and Sakhalin, Russia, and Japan. Its winter range extends from Western Europe and Africa, through the Middle East and South Asia, to Indonesia and Australia.