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Bird name:

Redshank

Tringa totanus

Order

CHARADRIIFORMES

Family

Sandpipers (Scolopacidae)

BTO 2

RK

BTO 5

REDSH

Euring 5

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

UK Conservation Status


Amber Status

European Conservation Status


Conservation Description


The Redshank is a resident of many areas in the UK, Isle of Man, and Ireland. It has an "Amber" status because of recent population declines.

SUMMARY

Overview

Redshank: Medium-sized wader with bright red-orange legs and feet. Bill red-orange with black tip. Grey-brown with white lower back, black-barred white tail, and white belly. Black streaks on head, neck, breast, and sides. White eye ring and black and white lores. Grey, black, and white wings.


Range and Habitat

Redshank: Resident breeder and winter visitor in the UK & Ireland. Breeding birds are mostly found in northwestern England north into Scotland. Winter birds come from Iceland. Non-breeding birds are found at the coast year round, as well as at inland reserves. Habitat includes marshes and wet grasslands.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"tleu-hu-hu", "ti-you"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Wary and nervous birds, Redshanks are often the first to panic and give noisy alarm calls to other nearby waders.
  • They are quickly identified by their red legs, but confusion can occur if their legs are mud-covered. Juveniles may have greenish-yellow legs.
  • They find their food by sight and only rarely probe into the mud or sand.
  • A group of sandpipers has many collective nouns, including a "cluster", "contradiction", "fling", and "time-step" of sandpipers.

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FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

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BellyX
The ventral part of the bird, or the area between the flanks on each side and the crissum and breast. Flight muscles are located between the belly and the breast.
BreastX
The upper front part of a bird.
Eye ringX
The circle around the eye formed of feathers that are a different color from the rest of the face.
4 and 6 letter alpha codesX

The four letter common name alpha code is is derived from the first two letters of the common first name and the first two letters of common last name. The six letter species name alpha code is derived from the first three letters of the scientific name (genus) and the first three letters of the scientific name (species). See (1) below for the rules used to create the codes..

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

The Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS) was established in the mid-1990 s as a cooperative project among several federal agencies to improve and expand upon taxonomic data (known as the NODC Taxonomic Code) maintained by the National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

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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Parts of a Standing birdX
Head Feathers and MarkingsX
Parts of a Flying birdX