• Scientific Name: Anas superciliosa (Gmelin, 1789)
  • Polmynesian names Mo’ora, mo’ora oviri, mo’ore (Society, Austral), mokora (Tuamotu, Rapa), mo’ora (Rurutu), mo’ora (Tubuai), mo’ora taetaevao (Rimatara)
  • Order Charadriiformes
  • Family Scolopacidae
  • Category: Migratory Birds
  • Location:Siberia, Alaska and Canada (breeding), Tropics (migration)

Apearance and identification

11 inches. Male and female identical in appearance. Individuals with non-breeding plumage are uniformly dark grey with white underside of the body. A dark stripe through the eye that is surrounded with white. Individuals in breeding plumage are rarer in French Polynesia. Their cheeks, throat, chest and flanks are streaked with black. The beak is long, straight and black. The legs are yellow.

Videos

Voice

Characteristics

Breeds in north-eastern Siberia, Alaska and north-western Canada. This bird is staying in the tropics from September to May (austral summer) to avoid the severe cold in the Northern Hemisphere. This species is now present in all archipelagos. Juveniles aged of a few months, arrive at the same time as their parents. Unlike adults, they will remain on site during the austral winter that follows. We can observe errant bird throughout the year in French Polynesia.

In June and July, from Siberia to Alaska and British Columbia. Nests on the ground in a slightly scraped area and bounded by the roots. 4 eggs 43 x 32 mm, grey and mottled brown. Both sexes incubate the eggs and raise the young. From the 15th days, they follow one of the two parents.

Wader species. It is found on beaches, coral or rocks and reefs. In the high islands, they are sometimes found along the rivers in the quiet valleys.

“Oulili” repeated several times.

Small fish and invertebrates. It runs along the shores and captures its prey by giving quick peck in mud or wet sand.

Location

Breeds in north-eastern Siberia, Alaska and north-western Canada. This bird is staying in the tropics from September to May (austral summer) to avoid the severe cold in the Northern Hemisphere. This species is now present in all archipelagos. Juveniles aged of a few months, arrive at the same time as their parents. Unlike adults, they will remain on site during the austral winter that follows. We can observe errant bird throughout the year in French Polynesia.

Breeding

In June and July, from Siberia to Alaska and British Columbia. Nests on the ground in a slightly scraped area and bounded by the roots. 4 eggs 43 x 32 mm, grey and mottled brown. Both sexes incubate the eggs and raise the young. From the 15th days, they follow one of the two parents.

Habitat

Wader species. It is found on beaches, coral or rocks and reefs. In the high islands, they are sometimes found along the rivers in the quiet valleys.

Voice

“Oulili” repeated several times.

Food

Small fish and invertebrates. It runs along the shores and captures its prey by giving quick peck in mud or wet sand.

Status and protection

Common throughout French Polynesia.
The species is classified as “Least Concern” (LC) on the IUCN Red List.

Original text by Caroline BLANVILLAIN – Supplements and update by various members of the SOP Manu.