Sexes alike. Olive-brown above, more ash-brown and streaked brown on head and neck sides; brown rump; white below; lightly streaked brown on breast; in flight, narrow white wing bar and brown rump; white ‘hook’ at shoulder; In summer, darker above and speckled. One to 3 birds, either by themselves or scattered amidst mixed wader flocks; quite active; makes short dashes, bobbing and wagging short tail; usually flies low over water, the rapid wingbeats
interspersed with short glides (‘vibrating flight’) helping identification of the species.
freshwater marshes, lakes, tidal areas, creeks.
crustaceans, insects, molluscs.
breeds in Himalayas, Kashmir to Uttarakhand to about 3,000m; winter visitor all over the area.
shrill twee…tse…tse…tse… note, usually when flushed; longish trilling song.