Marsh Sandpiper

Tringa stagnatilis

Order

CHARADRIIFORMES

Family

Sandpipers, Phalaropes (Scolopacidae)

Code 4

Non-AOU

Code 6

ARDPUR

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Marsh Sandpiper has a large range with breeding grounds in central Asia as well as a few sites in eastern Europe. It winters in sub-Saharan Africa, southern Asia, and Australia. This sandpiper breeds in grassy marshes and large bogs, and frequents a variety of freshwater and brackish wetlands during the winter. It is believed to have a population large enough to not warrant its inclusion on the IUCN Red List and is therefore evaluated as Least Concern.

SUMMARY

Overview

Marsh Sandpiper: Slender, medium-sized wader. Brown-gray wings and upper back with black mottling. Lower back white, and tail is white with black barring. Head and neck white and pale gray with black streaking. White underparts with black speckles on breast and flanks. Straight, thin black bill, and yellow-green legs.

 

Range and Habitat

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Marsh Sandpiper SONGS AND CALLS

Marsh Sandpiper JJ1

"Tu-ee-u" and other whistled calls between a pair.

Marsh Sandpiper X1

Flight call is a repeated "kiiew".

Similar Sounding

Lesser Yellowlegs A1

Alarm call is a sharp, single or double "tu" note.


Voice Text

"kiiew", "tu-ee-u", "yip"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Their nests are built on a mound in sort vegetation, filled with dry grass and close to water.
  • There is not much known about their feeding habits, but it does include small fish, molluscs, aquatic insects, plant material and crustaceans.
  • They prefer to live in open marshland with a fresh grassy cover and brackish shallow marshes.
  • A group of sandpipers has many collective nouns, including a "bind", "contradiction", "fling", "hill", and "time-step" of sandpipers.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP PALAU

About this Palau Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across the Palau islands.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Artist

Michael Oberhofer

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