Redshank (Tringa totanus)

Redshank are a medium sized wader with long orange-red legs and a medium sized bill which has an orange-red base with a black tip. Plumage is streaky brown in summer, and plain grey in winter. In flight they have distinctive broad white trailing edge to their wings and white wedge going up the back.

A common breeder in the UK. Winter populations are supplemented by migratory birds from Iceland.

They breed on saltmarshes and wet grasslands. In the winter they can be found on lake and gravel pit margins, but most common on estuaries and coastal mudflats.

Call is a whistled teu-lulu and in flight a tu-tu-tu-tu for prolonged periods.

Interesting Fact: The name Redshank literally comes from its appearance, with its long red-orange legs.

Redshank is on the Amber List for Birds of Conservation Concern.


Redshank (Tringa totanus)

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