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Common Redshank (Tringa totanus)


A medium sized wading bird, the Common Redshank is around 28 cm long. In summer, it has a dark brown speckled head and breast, and dark brown wings, with an orange-red bill. In winter, the plumage is all around lighter and less speckled. The bill is also less vivid. In both summer and winter, this bird retains bright orange-red legs, from which it gets its name. In flight, it has an almost diamond-shaped white patch extending from the tail up into the body, and white bars on the wings.


In summer, this bird can be found in areas of shallow water, such as wet meadows or salt marshes. In winter, these birds are more coastal, being found on the shoreline or in estuaries.


Like other wading birds, the Common Redshank feeds on small invertebrates that it prizes out of mud with its long bill.

Protection Status

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

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