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Common Greenshank

(Tringa nebularia)
Alternate name(s): "Greenshank"
Size: 30-35 cm; wing span 65-70 cm
Weight: 130-270 g

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Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Common Greenshank at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

ADULT

BREEDING

Near-lateral view of Common Greenshanks in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Wynnum Wetlands, QLD, April 2018]

Lateral view of a Common Greenshank in breeding plumage; note the characteristic black spots dissecting the white edge-lining on the wing feathers (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Wynnum Wetlands, QLD, April 2018]

Lateral view of a Common Greenshank in near-breeding plumage, just prior to departure to the northern hemisphere
(photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Lee Point, Darwin, NT, March 2013]

NON-BREEDING

Frontal view of a Common Greenshank in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Alfred Cove, Swan River, Perth, WA, January 2017]

Frontal view of a Common Greenshank in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Deception Bay, QLD, February 2018]

Near-frontal view of a Common Greenshank in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Deception Bay, QLD, February 2018]

Near-frontal view of a Common Greenshank in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Alfred Cove, Swan River, Perth, WA, January 2017]

Close-up lateral view of a Common Greenshank in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Alfred Cove, Swan River, Perth, WA, January 2017]

Close-up lateral view of a Common Greenshank in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Deception Bay, QLD, February 2018]

Lateral view of a Common Greenshank in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Lee Point, Darwin, NT, August 2013]

Lateral view of a Common Greenshank in non-breeding plumage, here seen in an eutrophic wetland
(photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Leanyer Swamp, Darwin, NT, November 2018]

Lateral view of a Common Greenshank in non-breeding plumage; click on image to see two Royal Spoonbills for comparison (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Toorbul Wader Roost, Brisbane, QLD, August 2017]

Lateral view of 3 Common Greenshanks in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Alfred Cove, Swan River, Perth, WA, January 2017]

Dorsal view of a Common Greenshank in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Toorbul wader roost, Brisbane, QLD, January 2018]

Various views, including near-dorsal and dorsal/ventral, of 3 Common Greenshanks in non-breeding plumage
(photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Alfred Cove, Swan River, Perth, WA, January 2017]

Common Greenshanks in non-breeding plumage feeding on the edge of shallow, probably brackish, water in an estuary
(photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Alfred Cove, Swan River, Perth, WA, January 2017]

Common Greenshank in fresh-looking non-breeding plumage, left, in comparison with a Marsh Sandpiper
(photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[McMinns Lagoon, near Darwin, NT, November 2018]

Dorsal view of a Common Greenshank in non-breeding plumage in flight, banking to land (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Leanyer Swamp, Darwin, NT, November 2018]

Additional information

More photos have been obtained by us in Oman.

Behaviour

Common Greenshank in non-breeding plumage, hunting under water (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Leanyer Swamp, Darwin, NT, November 2018]

Common Greenshank in non-breeding plumage, hunting under water (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Leanyer Swamp, Darwin, NT, November 2018]

Common Greenshank in non-breeding plumage, hunting under water (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Leanyer Swamp, Darwin, NT, November 2018]

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