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Green Sandpiper

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Photo by NorthcapeSouthern Norway, Summer 2004
Photo by Northcape
Southern Norway, Summer 2004
Tringa ochropus


[edit] Identification

21–24 cm (8¼-9½ in)
Upper parts a dark grey brown with white speckles but with white rump, underparts brilliant white, streaked breast, barred tail. Greenish legs.

[edit] Similar Species

Smaller than Common Redshank, larger than Dunlin; see also Wood Sandpiper.

[edit] Distribution

Photo by Sy VUpton Warren, Worcestershire, England, March 2013
Photo by Sy V
Upton Warren, Worcestershire, England, March 2013

Northern Eurasia; winters to southern Africa, southern Asia, Philippines and Australia.

In the UK, small numbers winter widely scattered across the area. They are generally common in spring and fall passage, with only a few pairs breeding in Scotland.

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

[edit] Habitat

Most often found on edge of pools, shores of reservoirs etc

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

Picks insects up from water.

[edit] Breeding

Nests in trees reusing nests of birds like thrush.

[edit] Vocalisation

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[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from
  2. Birdforum thread discussing occurrence in the UK

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