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Spotted Redshank

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


[edit] Identification

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

Winter plumagePhoto by Andy BrightEngland
Winter plumage
Photo by Andy Bright

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

[edit] Similar Species

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

[edit] Distribution

Autumn plumagePhoto by Digiscoper321West Sweden, September 2010
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.

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

[edit] Habitat

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

[edit] Behaviour

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

[edit] Flight

Photo by NeilHong Kong, China, January 2007
Photo by Neil
Hong Kong, China, January 2007

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

[edit] Breeding

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

[edit] Diet

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

[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. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from
  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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