The Grey-tailed Tattler is a medium sized wader and member of the Tringinae family. It has a length of 25 cm, wingspan of 51 cm and an average weight of 125 g. Compared to other waders is has rather long wings and tail. It has a medium length straight bill and short yellow legs. It is very similar to the Wandering Tattler, however it can be distinguished by its shorter wings and slightly smaller build. In all plumages, the Grey-tailed Tattler is plain grey above with a white supercilium and a dark loral stripe. It has slate-grey under wings and yellow legs. There is a marked seasonal variation between breeding and non-breeding adults, the sexes are alike and juveniles are separable from adults (Higgins & Davies 1996).
Grey-tailed Tattler |
Government evidence of impact of climate change:
Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, Species Profile and Threats Database, Tringa brevipes
Threats Top Global threatsThere are a number of threats that affect migratory shorebirds in the East Asian Australasian Flyway.
In addition; intensive oil exploration and extraction; and reduction in river flows due to upstream water diversion; are other potentially significant threats in parts of China where this species is present in internationally significant numbers (Barter 2005c Barter et al. 1998).Global warming and associated changes in sea level are likely to have a long term impact on the breeding; staging and non breeding grounds of migratory waders (Harding et al. 2007).