Thursday, 16 February 2012

Spotted Redshank (Tringa erythropus)

OTHER NAMES: Dusky Redshank, Greater Redshank
Latin Etymology: Tringa (bird named by Aristotle) erythropus ("red-footed")
Adult Spotted Redshank (Tringa erythropus) in Autumn moult plumage at Oare Marshes, Kent - September 2012

Featured Subspecies: N/A
Weight: 125-160g  /  Length: 29-33cm  /  Wingspan: 59-66cm
UK AMBER LIST / IUCN Red List: Least Concern

The rarest of the three "shanks" found in the UK, the Spotted Redshank is more delicate and pale than the redshank.  Spotted Redshanks are primarily passage migrants, turning up in Autumn and Spring although a few do overwinter, such as the one photographed here.   Finding one can be tricky - you need to get the hang of seeing the differences between them and a Common Redshank which is hard to do without actually seing one in the first place.  Key identification features include the longer thinner beak with a black upper jaw, larger pale stripe above the eye and general paler colours overall.

Related Species:
Family: Scolopacidae
Genus: Tringa
Subspecies: none - monotypic

 - Sighting Locations -
UNITED KINGDOM - A rare passage migrant (540 birds) and very rare Winter migrant (98 birds)
 - A bird at Oare Marshes in September 2012 plus a bird at Crayford Marshes in in February 2012 . 

Further Notes: BirdForum OpusIUCN Red ListRSPBWikipedia, Xeno-canto

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