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Common Sandpiper

(Actitis hypoleucos)
Alternate name(s): "Summer Snipe"
German name(s): "Flussuferläufer"

Size: 19-21 cm; wing span 35-41 cm
Weight: 33-70 g

Similar species

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

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Common Sandpiper at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

More (and better) photos were taken by us in Oman and in Australia.

ADULT

BREEDING

Frontal view of a Common Sandpiper; note the characteristic white "gap" in front of the wing (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[River Bug, Brok, Masovia, Poland, May 2016]

Frontal view of a Common Sandpiper looking for prey on the edge of a slow-flowing river (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[River Bug, Brok, Masovia, Poland, May 2016]

Lateral view of a Common Sandpiper (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[River Bug, Brok, Masovia, Poland, May 2016]

Near-dorsal view of a Common Sandpiper (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[River Bug, Brok, Masovia, Poland, May 2016]

Common Sandpiper on a half-submerged tree trunk, next to a male White Wagtail (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[River Bug, Brok, Masovia, Poland, May 2016]

Behaviour

Common Sandpipers are well-known for bobbing their tails. This proved to be a major loss of potentially good photos during the course of our observations...

Food, Diet

Like other members of the Tringa, Xenus and Actitis families we have seen Common Sandpipers hunt insects (in particular flies) and other small animals along the edges of shallow water. Common Sandpipers were seen by us around fresh water.

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