Spotted Redshank

The Spotted Redshank (Tringa erythropus) is a species of wading bird that occurs in the Arctic regions. It is found across northern Scandinavia and northern Asia. It is migratory and winters around the Mediterranean, the southern British Isles, France, tropical Africa, and tropical Asia. It is an occasional visitor to Australia and North America. It prefers fresh or brackish waters in its winter range.

Adults are 11.5 to 13 inches long. The breeding plumage is black, and paler in winter. It has red legs and bill, and shows a white oval on the back in flight. The young are gray-brown and finely speckled white above. The underparts are finely barred and pale. Its call is a creaking teu-it whistle similar to the call of the Roseate Terri. It also has a kyip-kyip-kyip alarm call.

The nest is on open boggy taiga. The female lays four eggs in a ground scrape. Like most waders, the Spotted Redshank feeds on small invertebrates. The Spotted Redshank is one of the species in which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies.

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