A common migrant, present throughout the year although most numerous from September to March; confined to the coast.
A smallish, rather stocky wader with relatively short, orange legs and short, slighty upturned bill. In flight shows distinctive variegated wing-pattern. ADULT BREEDlNG: Back and wings rufous; distinctive black and white facial pattern and black breast-band contrasting with unmarked white under parts; throat white. ADULT NON-BREEDlNG AND JUVENILE: Similar to, but duller than, breeding adult, with less rufous on upper parts and less distinct head-pattern.
A staccato rattle "tuk, tuk-e-tuk-tuk".
Usually occurs in small flocks and is commonly seen in a Galapagos cruise.