Birda Logo
Species Guide
A photo of a Wandering Tattler (Tringa incana)
Wandering Tattler

Wandering Tattler

Tringa incana

The Wandering Tattler, Tringa incana, is a medium-sized wading bird with a distinctive appearance. It boasts unpatterned, greyish wings and back, and during the breeding season, it sports a scaly breast pattern that may extend onto the belly. A prominent supercilium is also a feature of its breeding plumage.

Identification Tips

Adult Wandering Tattlers have stocky bodies with gray upperparts, underwings, face, and neck, contrasting with a white belly. Their legs are short and dark yellow, complemented by a dark gray bill. In breeding plumage, they exhibit heavy barring underneath.


These birds are found in rocky areas along mountain streams during the summer breeding season.


The Wandering Tattler breeds in far-eastern Russia, Alaska, and northwestern Canada, with some found along portions of the California coast. Outside the breeding season, they frequent rocky islands in the southwest Pacific and Pacific coasts extending from California to South America and reaching as far as Australia.


The Wandering Tattler is known for its active foraging in the water, characterized by jerky bobbing movements. They may repeatedly return to the same location to feed and are often seen flying low over rocky coastlines or along jetties.

Song & Calls

The call of the Wandering Tattler is a distinctive rapid trill composed of accelerating, staccato notes, often with 3 or 4 beats per call.


The female lays a clutch of 4 olive-colored eggs in a shallow depression. Both parents share the responsibility of incubation and feeding the young, who quickly become capable of foraging independently.

Diet and Feeding

Wandering Tattlers primarily feed on aquatic invertebrates, including crustaceans and marine worms. During the breeding season, their diet also includes insects.

Conservation status

The Wandering Tattler is currently listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List, indicating that it is not at immediate risk of widespread decline.

App logo
Birda is a birdwatching app and community aimed at curious people who want to deepen their connection with nature.

Wandering Tattler Fun Facts

Did you know?
Wandering Tattler gets the name 'Wandering' from is widespread occurance on Pacific Islands and the name 'Tattler' from its call.

Wandering Tattlers on Birda


More Sandpipers, Snipes

A photo of a Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos)

Common Sandpiper

Actitis hypoleucos
Birda Logo

Your birdwatching journey like never before

Connect with nature in minutes
Take a walk, look out of the window and log the birds that you see. Feel good about those little connections to nature.
Discover the joy of birding
Find new birding spots, see more birds, share and celebrate with a like-minded community of nature lovers.
Play your part in saving nature
Logging your birding sightings and sessions turns into positive action for our planet. Every sighting counts.

Birda Blog

What Our Birders Say
The best bird logging app
Birda is honestly the best bird logging app I have seen. I love all the features it has from being able to do a session and log all the birds you see in one sitting, to being able to connect with other birders from all over the globe!
Erna M
I really like Birda
I really like Birda. I also use other birding apps and have Birda with E-bird going at the same time.
Safira V
Birding and wellbeing app
Birda is an excellent platform to share your love of Birding and is a great tool of encouragement for a Birding Beginner like me. Birda has a very kind and supportive community of Birding enthusiasts. For me BIRDA is not only a BIRDING but also a WELLBEING App.
Great app for beginner twitchers
I’ve had a passion of photographing birds for a long time now but have only just gotten into proper birdwatching, and this app is brilliant for those just getting started. There is a great sense of community among users and the app is very easy to use and professional. Awesome app altogether
Great bird recording
For a while I’ve been trying to find an app to easily record bird lists and day out and struggled to find one that I like. Birda is great for this, straightforward and a great community!
Loving it
I really enjoy being able to interact with other birders on this platform! This seems like a great way to meet other birders and find some new spots.
Emma L
App got me interested in birding!
Super friendly community <3 This app got me interested in birding! It teaches me cool stuff and its super friendly, and fun :) The species guide is really developing my knowledge, and i love seeing cool new birds from round the world!
Jane N
A great app
Enjoying it immensely and finding it useful too. Recording the different birds and counting them is showing me how the present climate is affecting them all. I've trebled the numbers by planting native hedging. A great app.
Mike T
Sense of Community
A great app, which is continually being improved. What really comes through is the passion of those behind the app. The sense of community is brilliant, so much help and support provided to new and/or in experienced birders.
Robred 2
Fun way to add to your birdwatching experience
I enjoy watching birds in my backyard, but this app helped me really pay attention while on vacation this summer. It was fun to add new birds to my bird watching app.
As featured in
AboutPressAmbassadorsAffiliatesInfluencersCareersPrivacyTerms & Conditions
An app for birdwatchers
Giving back
Connect with us
Copyright © 2024 Chirp Birding. All rights reserved.