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Marsh Sandpiper | Tringa stagnatilis

The Marsh Sandpiper 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 Marsh Sandpiper (Latin name Tringa stagnatilis) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Tringa stagnatilis can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 269 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 353. You will find a picture of the Marsh Sandpiper 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 Marsh Sandpiper between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition

The Marsh Sandpiper is known in Afrikaans as Moerasruiter.

The Marsh Sandpiper has a height of 26 cms and weighs around 70 gms. The head is coloured white while the bill is coloured brown. The Tringa stagnatilis has a white coloured throat, orange, yellow legs and a cinnamon coloured back. The eyes are brown.

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 white

Eyes are brown

Bill is brown

Legs are orange, yellow

Throat is white

Back is cinnamon

This bird has long legs ? ie legs the length of which are out of proportion to the bird's body size. This can be a useful identification guide (eg with the Lapwings).

Feeding Habits ...

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 Marsh Sandpiper is found in the Southern African wetlands, riverine forests and moist grasslands.

The bird is at home in riverine forests and close to water bodies such as lakes, dams and streams

Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...

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."

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