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Spotted Redshank - BirdForum Opus

Breeding plumage
Photo © by Cristian Mihai
Comana (Giurgiu), Romania, May 2008
Tringa erythropus

Identification

29-32 cm (11½-12½ in)
Bill: Red lower mandible, with black tip; slightly de-curved
Red legs
White rump

Winter plumage
Photo © by Andy Bright
England

Summer Adult

  • Dark grey to black body
  • Upperparts spotted white

Winter Adult

  • Grey-brown above
  • White below
  • Grey chest
  • Marked white supercilium

Juvenile similar to the winter adult but much darker. Irregular streaks on flanks

Similar Species

Can be told from winter-plumaged Common Redshank by the obvious white supercilium.

Distribution

Autumn plumage
Photo © by Digiscoper321
West Sweden, September 2010

They breed in Siberia and winter in Mediterranean Europe and Africa, China and South-east Asia.

Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

Habitat

They breed by pools, marshes and peatbogs. Winters on muddy estuaries.

Behaviour

Feeds in deeper water than Common, lunging at prey and sweeping the bill from side to side.

Flight

Transitional plumage at the end of winter before migration out of India
Photo © by Alok Tewari
Gurgaon Rural, Haryana, April-2017

Similar to Common Redshank but legs extend further beyond the tail.

Breeding

Generally monogamous. The clutch consists of 4 eggs, which are laid in a ground scrape.

Diet

The diet consists of fish, insect larvae, shrimps, amphibians and worms. Also terrestrial flying insects

Vocalisation

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Photo © by Neil
Hong Kong, China, January 2007

References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Collins Pocket Guide to British Birds 1966
  3. Collins Field Guide 5th Edition
  4. Collins Bird Guide ISBN 0 00 219728 6
  5. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Sept 2017)

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