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Bird name:

Marsh Sandpiper

Tringa stagnatilis

Order

CHARADRIIFORMES

Family

Sandpipers (Scolopacidae)

BTO 2

MD

BTO 5

MARSA

Euring 5

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CONSERVATION STATUS

UK Conservation Status


Not Assessed

European Conservation Status


Conservation Description


The conservation status for this species is "not assessed' in the UK because it only occurs as a casual or rare migrant, is an introduced species, is not globally threatened, or is not a species of conservation importance in Europe.

SUMMARY

Overview

Marsh Sandpiper: Slender, medium-sized wader. Brown-grey wings and upper back with black markings. Rest back white, tail white with black barring. Head and neck white and pale grey with black streaks. White underparts with black streaks on breast and sides. Straight, thin bill, legs yellow-green.


Range and Habitat

Marsh Sandpiper: Rare vagrant to the UK & Ireland. Birds breed in Russia and Siberia and migrate to winter grounds in central Africa. Birds have been recorded in Britain, but the UK is not on the usual migration pathway. Prefers freshwater marshes, mudflats and other wetlands.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"Keeuw," "kyu-kyu-kyu," "yip"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Marsh Sandpipers are wary birds and usually hunt alone, but on rich feeding sites may gather in co-ordinated groups or join other waders.
  • To hunt prey, they wade up to their bellies in shallow water, walking briskly and steadily, pecking off titbits on the water surface, or sweeping around on the bottoms with their bills.
  • They roost in large groups, often with other waders such as Greenshanks.
  • A group of sandpipers has many collective nouns, including a "cluster", "contradiction", "fling", and "time-step" of sandpipers.

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UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

BreastX
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4 and 6 letter alpha codesX

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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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ITIS CodesX

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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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