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Common Greenshank

(Tringa nebularia)
Alternate name(s): "Greenshank"
German name(s): "Grünschenkel"

Size: 30-35 cm; wing span 65-70 cm
Weight: 130-270 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 Greenshank at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

ADULT

Sex unknown

BREEDING

Frontal view of a Common Greenshank in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Barreiro, Setubal, Portugal, April 2019]

Near-frontal view of a Common Greenshank moulting out of breeding plumage (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[River Bug, near Malkinia, Masovia, Poland, August 2019]

Lateral view of a Common Greenshank moulting into breeding plumage (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Sado estuary, Setubal, Portugal, April 2019]

Lateral view of a Common Greenshank moulting out of breeding plumage (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[River Bug, near Malkinia, Masovia, Poland, July 2019]

Lateral view of a Common Greenshank moulting out of breeding plumage (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[River Bug, near Malkinia, Masovia, Poland, August 2019]

Lateral view of a Common Greenshank moulting out of breeding plumage (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[River Bug, near Malkinia, Masovia, Poland, August 2019]

Distant lateral view of a Common Greenshank moulting out of breeding plumage in flight (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Montargil Dam, near Mora, Evora, Portugal, August 2015]

NON-BREEDING

Frontal view of a Common Greenshank in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Palhais, Barreiro, Setubal, Portugal, March 2018]

Lateral view of a Common Greenshank in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Montijo, Palhais, Barreiro, Setubal, Portugal, January 2019]

Lateral view of two Common Greenshanks in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Tejo estuary, Portugal, December 2017]

Near-dorsal view of a Common Greenshank in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Tejo estuary, Portugal, December 2017]

Near-dorsal view of a Common Greenshank in non-breeding plumage; note the characteristic black spots along the white edge lining of the wing coverts (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[October 2018]

Dorsal view of a Common Greenshank in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Alcochete, Tejo estuary, Portugal, December 2017]

Dorsal view of a Common Greenshank in non-breeding plumage; click on image to see it roosting together with Curlew Sandpipers and Common Redshanks (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Montijo, Palhais, Barreiro, Setubal, Portugal, in March 2019]

Lateral view of a Common Greenshank in non-breeding plumage in flight; click on image to see it together with Curlew Sandpipers and Common Redshanks (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Montijo, Palhais, Barreiro, Setubal, Portugal, in March 2019]

Lateral view of a Common Greenshank in non-breeding plumage in flight; click on image to see it together with Curlew Sandpipers and Common Redshanks (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Montijo, Palhais, Barreiro, Setubal, Portugal, in March 2019]

Additional information

More photos have been obtained by us in Australia and in Oman.

Food, Diet

Common Greenshank in non-breeding plumage with its prey (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Palhais, Barreiro, Setubal, Portugal, March 2018]

Call(s)/Song

For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

grnshnk_dw_20190819.m4a (Poland) Contact call (arrival) © DW
grnshnk_dw_20190819_3.m4a (Poland) Warning calls (humans on the water) © DW

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