Plumage is mainly brown-grey above and pale below on the body. Thier face pattern is black and yellow . In the summer the male has black "horns", which give this species its American name.
Species can be found in most of North America from the high Arctic south to the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, northernmost Europe and Asia and in the mountains of southeast Europe. A small population on a plateau in Colombia. Northern populations of this bird are migratory, moving further south in winter. In Eurasia it breeds above the tree line in mountains. In Europe, it is most often seen on seashore flats in winter. In the UK it can be found along the coasts.
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