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Spotted Redshank | Tringa erythropus

The Spotted Redshank is a Southern African bird that belongs to the Scolopacidae bird family group which includes birds such as Snipes, Godwits, Curlews, Whimbrels, Shanks, Stints, Sandpipers, Ruff, Turnstones, Phalaropes.

The description for the Spotted Redshank (Latin name Tringa erythropus) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Tringa erythropus can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 267 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 351. You will find a picture of the Spotted Redshank on page 368.

NOTE: The reference for the information following is "Roberts Birds of Southern Africa", 7th Edition*. This edition contained a number of taxonomic changes as well as changes to English names used traditionally and in earlier editions of most bird books in South Africa. The following paragraph notes such changes if any.

There have been no changes in the common name between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition. There have been no changes in the Latin name for the Spotted Redshank between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition

The Spotted Redshank has a height of 30 cms and weighs around 145 gms. The head is coloured black while the bill is coloured black. The Tringa erythropus has a black coloured throat, red legs and a black coloured back. The eyes are brown.

The male Tringa erythropus has physical features that are slightly different from the female bird.

Take note of the bird's main distinguishing features such as colour, size and leg length relative to the body size of the bird. Colours of a bird's body parts can be helpful. Be aware what may appear brown to one person is described in Roberts Birds using some other word ... for example brown, black. See colours used in Roberts.

Head is black

Eyes are brown

Bill is black

Legs are red

Throat is black

Back is black

Feeding Habits ...

This bird forages for food on the ground

This bird has a specially adapted bill which helps it hunt for fish, crabs, shrimp and other aquatic animals in the water.

This bird eats insects such as butterflies, bees, wasps, locusts and ants. These invertebrates are usually hawked aerially, killed and then eaten .

Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

The Spotted Redshank is found in the Southern African wetlands, riverine forests and moist grasslands.

You can see the Spotted Redshank bird on coastal regions and on the sea shore where the bird will be foraging with other birds

The bird is an urban dweller as well, being at home in parks, gardens and in old vacated buildings

Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...

The Spotted Redshank is mainly seen singly or in pairs in the wild.

This bird is usually seen in small family groups or in large flocks

The reference for the information following is "Roberts Birds of Southern Africa", 7th Edition * edited by PAR Hockey, WRJ Dean and PG Ryan, published by "The Trustees of the John Voelcker Bird Book Fund."

copyright: Tony Roocroft +27-11-454-0105

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