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Wood Sandpiper

(Tringa glareola)
Size: 20-22 cm; wing span 55-60 cm
Weight: 40-100 g
Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Wood Sandpiper at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

ADULT

BREEDING

Near-lateral view of a Wood Sandpiper in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Leanyer Sewage Treatment Plant, Darwin, NT, March 2013]

NON-BREEDING

Lateral view of Wood Sandpipers, one in breeding plumage [right] the other in non-breeding plumage [left]
(photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Leanyer Sewage Treatment Plant, Darwin, NT, March 2013]

Near-frontal view of a Wood Sandpiper moulting into non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[McMinns Lagoon, near Darwin, NT, September 2018]

Lateral view of a Wood Sandpiper moulting into non-breeding plumage, with Pied Herons for comparison
(photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[McMinns Lagoon, near Darwin, NT, September 2018]

Direct comparison between a Wood Sandpiper, right, with a Marsh Sandpiper, centre, and a Red-kneed Dotterel on the left (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Knuckey Lagoon, Darwin, NT, November 2018]

Near-dorsal view of a Wood Sandpiper moulting into non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[McMinns Lagoon, near Darwin, NT, September 2018]

Behaviour

Does oppressive tropical heat make birds aggressive? On the same day, at the same place, both Wood Sandpipers and Sharp-tailed Sandpipers were observed fighting by B. Hensen.

Wood Sandpipers in non-breeding plumage fighting: "What 'My feeding ground'?!" (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[McMinns Lagoon, near Darwin, NT, November 2018]

Wood Sandpipers in non-breeding plumage fighting: "Take that!" (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[McMinns Lagoon, near Darwin, NT, November 2018]

Wood Sandpipers in non-breeding plumage fighting: "And that!" (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[McMinns Lagoon, near Darwin, NT, November 2018]

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