Common passage migrant, uncommon winter and scarce summer visitor. In Kuwait it nearly always occurs on the coast. Up to 1000 recorded at Doha, Kuwait Bay in late April 2007. One of the most distinctive and widespread arctic-breeding waders.
Where in Kuwait
Primarily a coastal species and more often found in the north and less so in the south. It is a small, stocky, brightly-patterned shorebird, named for its habit of turning over objects such as stones, shells and seaweed to uncover prey hidden beneath.
In the world
It has an extremely large range with a declining population and is fully migratory, migrating in large flocks and outside of the breeding season the species is mainly coastal. It is one of the most northerly breeding shorebird species. It migrates south for the winter months, the females leaving the breeding grounds first, followed by the males and then the newly fledged young.
Loss of habitat through reclamation and oil pollution