Spotted Redshank

Tringa erythropus




Sandpipers, Phalaropes (Scolopacidae)

Code 4


Code 6



Egg Color:

Green with large black brown blotches

Number of Eggs:


Incubation Days:

23 - 24

Egg Incubator:

Both sexes

Nest Location:

On ground.

Nest Material:

Moss, weeds, grass., Lined with plant material.





Spotted Redshank: Large sandpiper with mostly black body in summer except for white rump, white spots on wings and barred tail. Bill is red with black tip. Legs and feet are red. Sexes are similar. Winter adult (shown) has pale gray upperparts, dark eyestripe, and white rump and underparts. Juvenile resembles winter adult but is darker.

Range and Habitat

Spotted Redshank: Breeds in northern Eurasia. Spends winters from Mediterranean region to eastern China south to equatorial Africa and Southeast Asia. In spring and fall rarely visits Aleutians. Accidental to rest of North America. Preferred habitats include freshwater or brackish wetlands, including sewage farms, irrigated rice fields, brackish lagoons, salt marshes, and sheltered muddy shores along coasts.

Breeding and Nesting

Spotted Redshank: Four green eggs with large black brown blotches are laid in a grass tussock or on moss clump sparsely lined with plant material. Incubation ranges from 23 to 24 days and is carried out by both parents.

Foraging and Feeding

Spotted Redshank: Feeds mainly on insects, small crustaceans, mollusks, worms, fish, and amphibians. Forages on land or in shallow water, gleaning from surfaces or probing; occasionally swims while feeding in deep water, and may immerse head and neck completely.


Spotted Redshank: Very noisy; call is a harsh "chueet, chueet."

Similar Species

Spotted Redshank: Common Redshank has brown upperparts, and white underparts with streaks on head, neck, and upper breast.


Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
The area between the uppertail coverts and the back of the bird.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X