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Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola)


A small wader, this bird is approximately 20 cm long. In summer, it has highly speckled brown and white wings, and a light brown/white head and neck. The winter plumage is similar, except the brown on the wings is lighter. In both winter and summer, the legs are light yellow. This bird is similar to the Green Sandpiper (Tringa ochropus), except it is smaller, the legs are yellow and not dark green, the bill is shorter and the wings are more highly speckled. In flight, there are no heavy brown bands on the tail, instead there are numerous light brown bands.


In summer, it prefers boggy and marshy land, whereas in winter it prefers areas of fresher water, such as lakes, rivers and streams.


As with other waders, this bird eats mainly invertebrates, but the Wood Sandpiper especially likes insects.

Protection Status

This species is listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List.

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