font settings and languages

Font Size: Large | Normal | Small
Font Face: Verdana | Geneva | Georgia

Anarhynchus frontalis



[ Back to top ]


Threat status

Common Names

[ Back to top ]

Click on the language to view common names.

Common Names in English:

Wrybill, Wry-bill

Common Names in French:

Pluvier anarhynque

Common Names in German:


Common Names in Japanese:



[ Back to top ]


Typically found in a lake at a mean distance from sea level of 855.28 meters (2,806.04 feet).[1]

Ecology: It breeds on braided riverbeds, and frequents sheltered estuaries and coasts over the non-breeding season . Nests are built within 250 m of running water , and are usually hollows in bare shingle, lined with more than 100 small pebbles2,6. It lays two eggs . Young usually begin to breed at two or three years of age6. Mark-recapture of almost 2,400 birds indicates that many live past 10 years of age1, the average adult life expectancy is c.5.4 years4. Diet comprises mostly mayflies and caddisflies, but is more general when rivers are in flood5.


List of Habitats :


[ Back to top ]


Name Status: Accepted Name .

Last scrutiny: 17-Oct-2001

Similar Species

[ Back to top ]

Members of the genus Anarhynchus

ZipcodeZoo has pages for 1 species and subspecies in this genus:

A. frontalis (Wrybill)

More Info

[ Back to top ]

Further Reading

[ Back to top ]


[ Back to top ]


Data Sources

Accessed through GBIF Data Portal March 05, 2008:



  1. Standard Deviation = 1,175.180 based on 10,824 observations. Altitude information for each observation from British Oceanographic Data Centre. [back]
  2. BirdLife International 2008. Anarhynchus frontalis. In: IUCN 2011. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2011.2. <>. Downloaded on 30 January 2012. ... [back]
Last Revised: 2014-06-12