Uncommon in grassy marshes and tidal flats; rare inland. Foraging birds solitary or in loose groups; forms small flocks that fly in lines. The Whimbrel is one of the most widespread shorebirds in the world. Breeds in the Arctic in the eastern and western hemispheres, and migrates to South America, Africa, south Asia, and Australia. It uses its long, down-curved bill to probe deep in the sand for invertebrates and also feeds on berries and insects.