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Common Sandpiper

(Actitis hypoleucos)
Alternate name(s): "Summer Snipe"
Size: 19-21 cm; wing span 35-41 cm
Weight: 33-70 g

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

Physical description

Click here for a physical description

Taxonomy, classification

See Common Sandpiper at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat

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Sightings

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Photos

ADULT

Sex unknown

NON-BREEDING

Frontal view of a Common Sandpiper
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, September 2009]

Dorsal view of a Common Sandpiper
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, September 2009]

Common Sandpiper (right) and Green Sandpiper (left) seen next to each other
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, November 2009]

Common Sandpipers will not tire running around a small pond all day long
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, November 2009]

Common Sandpipers also dig their prey out of mud
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, November 2009]

Sometimes you've got to be ambitious...
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, September 2009]

... and daring
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, September 2009]

Common Sandpiper on its pedestal
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, September 2009]

Time for a snooze
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, February 2010]

...and some gymnastics
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, September 2009]

Additional information

More photos were taken by us in Australia.

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.

Common Sandpiper on the point of attack - this fly, in front of the bird's bill, did not have long to live
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, November 2009]

Here another fly is taken by a Common Sandpiper...
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, November 2009]

Gotcha!
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, February 2010]

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.

comspip_dw_20190909.m4a (Poland) Contact calls (Q&A, in-flight) © DW

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