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Common Redshank

(Tringa totanus)
Alternate name(s): "Redshank"
German name(s): "Rotschenkel"

Size: 27-29 cm; wing span 59-66 cm
Weight: 85-220 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 Redshank at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "totanus"

ADULT

Sex unknown

BREEDING

Lateral view of a Common Redshank in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Near Tromso airport, Tromso, Norway, in June 2018]

Lateral view of a Common Redshank in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Near Tromso airport, Tromso, Norway, in June 2018]

Near-dorsal view of a Common Redshank in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Near Tromso airport, Tromso, Norway, in June 2018]

Dorsal view of a Common Redshank in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Near Tromso airport, Tromso, Norway, in June 2018]

Lateral view of a Common Redshank in transitional plumage (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Montijo, Setubal, Portugal, March 2019]

NON-BREEDING

Near-frontal view of a Common Redshank in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Montijo, Setubal, Portugal, February 2019]

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

Lateral view of a Common Redshank in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Alcochete, Setubal, Portugal, March 2018]

Lateral view of a Common Redshank in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Palhais, Barreiro, Setubal, Portugal, January 2014]

Comparison of the head profiles of the two species of redshank in non-breeding plumage: Common Redshank on the left; Spotted Redshank on the right (photos courtesy of J. Pires )

Dorsal view of a Common Redshank in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Alcochete, Setubal, Portugal, January 2019]

Common Redshanks in non-breeding plumage foraging in shallow water (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Tejo estuary, Portugal, March 2016]

Near-dorsal view onto the upperparts of a Common Redshank in non-breeding plumage in flight (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Alcochete, Setubal, Portugal, February 2019]

Dorsal view of a Common Redshank in non-breeding plumage just after take-off; note the characteristic wedge-shaped white patch on the back (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Montijo, Setubal, Portugal, January 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.

redshnk_dw_20190519.m4a totanus
(Central Poland)
Contact calls(?), in-flight © DW

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