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Surfbird (Aphriza virgata)
Surfbird, Cattle Point, Uplands, Near Victoria, British Columbia
Photograph by Alan And Elaine Wilson. Some rights reserved. (view image details)
The Surfbird is a medium-sized shore bird. Outside the breeding season it is a gray bird with yellow legs and short bill. The tail is white with black band at the tip. There is also a white stripe on the wing. During the breeding season, the male has a rust colored back with spotted breast. Females are similar to non-breeding males. Juveniles are similar to non-breeding adults, but have streaked head and fine barring on the breast.
24cm - 26cm
breeds in rocky alpine tundra. Winters on rocky shores
Aquatic invertebrates, insects.
The nest is a depression on the ground lined with vegetation. The female lays four eggs.
Breeds in Alaska and Yukon Territory. Winters along Pacific Coast from western Alaska to southern South America.