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Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularius
2013-10-03 09:18:30

The Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius) is a shorebird of small size. It measures 18 to 20 centimeters long. In addition with its sister species, the Common Sandpiper, they make up the genus Actitis. They replace each other geographically; stray birds may settle with breeders of the other species and hybridize. Their breeding habitat is close by fresh water across most of Canada and the...

Great Knot Calidris tenuirostris
2013-04-23 23:23:04

The Great Knot (Calidris tenuirostris) is a small sized wader, although, it is the largest of the calidrid species. Their breeding habitat is tundra in the northeast parts of Siberia. They nest on the ground, laying about four eggs in a ground scrape. They are strongly migratory, wintering on the coasts in southern Asia through to Australia. This species forms extremely large flocks during...

Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos
2013-04-21 08:56:06

The Common Sandpiper (actitis hypoleucos) is a petite Palearctic wader. This bird and its American sister species, the Spotted Sandpiper (A. macularia), make up the genus Actitus. They are parapatric and substitute each other geographically; stray birds of either species may settle down with breeders of the other species and hybridize. Hybridization has also been reported between the Common...

Great Knot Calidris tenuirostris
2012-10-29 15:22:28

A long-legged wading bird, The Great Knot, is the largest of the calidrid species. They breed in the tundra of North Siberia, and migrate strongly in the winter to the coasts of Southern Asia through Australia, traveling in very large flocks. They lay about four eggs on the ground in a ground scrape. Great Knots migrate over long distances and use a limited number of staging sites during its...

Spoon-billed Sandpiper Eurynorhynchus pygmeus
2012-09-12 11:48:41

The spoon-billed sandpiper (Eurynorhynchus pygmeus) can be found in Southeast Asia in the winter and northeastern Russia during its breeding season in warmer months. In Russia, its breeding range includes the sea coats adjacent to the Chukchi Peninsula and south to the Kamchatka peninsula. It will migrate through many areas along the Pacific Coast including Japan, North and South Korea, and...

Upland Sandpiper
2009-02-28 22:30:52

The Upland Sandpiper (Bartramia longicauda) is a species of shorebird found in open grasslands and fields across central North America and Alaska. It is migratory and winters in South America. It is a very rare visitor to Europe, and mostly only occurs in the Isles of Scilly, where it can be very tame. It used to be known as the Upland Plover or the Bartram's Sandpiper. The genus name...

Marsh Sandpiper
2009-02-28 22:26:19

The Marsh Sandpiper (Tringa stagnatilis) is a species of wading bird that breeds in open grassy steppe and taiga wetlands from eastern Europe to central Asia. It is migratory and most of the populations winter in Africa, and India. Smaller populations migrate to Southeast Asia and Australia. Its preferred wintering habitat is fresh water wetlands such as swamps and lakes. Close in...

Solitary Sandpiper
2009-02-28 22:24:39

The Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria) is a species of wading bird that breeds in the woodlands across much of Alaska and Canada. It is migratory and winters in Central and South America. It is very common in the Amazon River basin, and the Caribbean. It rarely is seen in western Europe. Its only relative in the Tringa genus is the similar Green Sandpiper. This bird has a dark green...

Green Sandpiper
2009-02-28 22:20:20

The Green Sandpiper (Tringa ochropus) is a species of wading bird that breeds across sub-Arctic Europe and Asia. It is migratory and winters in southern Europe and Asia, and tropical Africa. This bird has a dark green back, grayish head and breast and otherwise white underparts. The back is spotted heavily in breeding adults. Spotting is less apparent in young birds and less visible in the...

Semipalmated Sandpiper
2007-10-26 13:29:12

The Semipalmated Sandpiper (Calidris or Erolia pusilla), is a very small shorebird. They are long distance migrants and winter in coastal South America with some going to the southern United States. They migrate in flocks which can number in the hundreds of thousands, particularly in favored feeding locations such as the Bay of Fundy and Delaware Bay. This species is a rare but regular vagrant...