Other Names: none
Distribution: arctic tundra of Alaska and Canada in summer; widely dispersed throughout the Americas in winter. A nonmigratory population exists in southern Argentina.
Size: 15-16 cm in length with a 41-43 cm wingspan.
Plumage: Breeding adults are generally light brown above and white below, and have a rusty tinge on the crown and ear coverts and dark brown streaks or spots on the flanks. Fall adults have gray upperparts and a gray wash on the breast, and a narrow, pale eyebrow. Young birds are brighter, with back and wing feathers edged with red. The legs, beak, and eyes are black.