A tiny wader with slightly decurved, black bill and black legs. Size, plumage and bill length varies. In non-breeding plumage, grey above; grey breast sides. Breeding plumage a mix of rufous, black and grey above with rufous-streaked crown and unique black belly patch below black-streaked breast. Has wing bars, black line through white rump, grey tail.
Inhabits coastal mudflats. Inland, occurs on sandy rivers and muddy jheels.
Locally common winter visitor to most coasts. Most common in Northwest. Decidedly scarcer inland.
A trilling Creep in flight.