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Green Sandpiper

Tringa ochropus

Order

CHARADRIIFORMES

Family

Sandpipers (Scolopacidae)

BTO 2

GE

BTO 5

GRESA

Euring 5

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CONSERVATION STATUS

UK Conservation Status


Amber Status

European Conservation Status


Not a species of Concern

Conservation Description


The Green Sandpiper breeds in northeastern Europe and ranges east across northern Russia to eastern Siberia. It migrates through much of Europe and Asia to winter in scattered locations in western Europe, northern Africa, southern Asia, and sub-Saharan Africa. It has also occurred as a vagrant to the United States, Australia, several African countries, and oceanic islands. This sandpiper breeds in wet, boggy coniferous and montane forests, and winters in freshwater habitats such as marshes, and the edges of ponds, lakes, and rivers. The Green Sandpiper is believed to have a population large enough to not warrant its inclusion on the IUCN Red List and is therefore evaluated as Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Green Sandpiper: Shorebird bit larger than Common Sandpiper. Dark brown-grey upperparts with some grey spotting. Dark streaking on head and upper breast. White throat, lores, and eye ring. Rest underparts white, white tail with thick black bars, and white rump. Grey-green legs and black underwings.


Range and Habitat

Green Sandpiper: Winter visitor to the UK; primarily seen in England and Wales. Breeds in northern Europe and Asia. Birds can be seen from late summer through spring. Found in freshwater habitats such as marshes, ponds, reservoirs, gravel pits, lakes and rivers, but also mudflats and wet grassland.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"weet weet wit wit"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Green Sandpiper was first described by Linnaeus in 1758.
  • Unlike most other birds in its family, it will nest in trees.
  • It is also known to adopt old nests from other species, such as the Fieldfare.
  • A group of sandpipers has many collective nouns, including a "cluster", "contradiction", "fling", and "time-step" of sandpipers.

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UnderpartsX
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UpperpartsX
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BreastX
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Four-letter (for English common names) and six-letter (for scientific names) species alpha codes were developed by Pyle and DeSante (2003, North American Bird-Bander 28:64-79) to reflect A.O.U. taxonomy and nomenclature (A.O.U. 1998) as modified by Supplements 42 (Auk 117:847-858, 2000) and 43 (Auk 119:897-906, 2002). The list has been updated by Pyle and DeSante to reflect changes reported by the A.O.U from 2003 through 2006.

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To find the ITIS page for a bird species go to the ITIS web site advanced search and report page at http://www.itis.gov/advanced_search.html. You can enter the TSN or the common name of the bird. It will return the ITIS page for that bird. Another way to obtain the ITIS page is to use the Google search engine. Enter the string ITIS followed by the taxonomic ID, for example "ITIS 178041" will return the page for the Allen's Hummingbird.

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