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Wood Sandpiper

(Tringa glareola)
German name(s): "Bruchwasserläufer"
Size: 20-22 cm; wing span 55-60 cm
Weight: 40-100 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 Wood Sandpiper at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

ADULT

Sex unknown

BREEDING

Near-frontal view of a Wood Sandpiper in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[River Bug, near Malkinia, Masovia, Poland, July 2019]

Near-frontal view of a Wood Sandpiper in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[River Bug, near Malkinia, Masovia, Poland, July 2019]

Near-lateral view of a Wood Sandpiper in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[River Bug, near Malkinia, Masovia, Poland, July 2019]

Wood Sandpipers in breeding plumage seen in different light conditions; note the apparent difference not only in brightness, but also in colour - the two photos were taken only 72 seconds apart! (photos courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[River Bug, near Malkinia, Masovia, Poland, July 2019]

NON-BREEDING

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

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

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

Northern Lapwings in non-breeding plumage, together with several species of very similar waders: Green Sandpiper, front left, Wood Sandpiper, near the centre, and all others are Common Sandpipers (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Malkinia, Masovia, Poland, July 2019]

More photos of Wood Sandpipers are available on the page for Australia.

Behaviour

Even aquatic birds such as Wood Sandpipers need to take a bath to clean their plumage (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[River Bug, near Malkinia, Masovia, Poland, July 2019]

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