Willet - Tringa semipalmata

Length 1.1-1.4 ft (34.3-41.9 cm)
Wingspan 2.3 ft (70.1 cm)
Weight 6.1-13.2 oz (173-375 g)
Clutch Size 4
Chicks at birth Precocial
IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern
Continents:NA, SA

The Willet breeds in central U.S. and Canada and winters along the North American and South American coasts. The Willet is a common visitor to the Bay Area in the winter. Their non-breeding plumage looks quite gray and drab until they take off. Then the underside of their black-and-white wings is on display. A flock of them is quite spectacular.

Willets mainly eat aquatic insects and other invertebrates. Along the coast they also eat crabs, mollusks, and small fish.

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