Wood Sandpiper (species: Tringa (Tringa) glareola) in Sydney Marine Life (Gaia Guide)
Tringa (Tringa) glareola
Wood Sandpiper

©Alnus: Wood Sandpiper (Wood Sandpiper)

©Vitaliy Khustochka: Wood Sandpiper (Tringa (Tringa) glareola)

©Ian White: Wood Sandpiper (Tringa (Tringa) glareola)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Charadriiformes
Family Scolopacidae
Genus Tringa
Species Tringa (Tringa) glareola
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

It resembles a longer-legged and more delicate Green Sandpiper with a short fine bill, brown back and longer yellowish legs. It differs has a small and white rump patch, while the Solitary Sandpiper has no white rump patch at all. (Wikipedia)


  • From 19 cm to 21 cm (Length of specimen)


  • From 56 cm to 57 cm



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Distribution and habitat preferences

It breeds in subarctic wetlands from the Scottish Highlands across Europe and Asia. They migrate to Africa and southern Asia, particularly India. Vagrant birds have been seen as far into the Pacific as the Hawaiian Islands. In Micronesia it is a regular visitor to the Marianas Islands (where flocks of up to 32 birds are reported) and Palau; it is recorded on Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands about once per decade. This species is encountered in the western Pacific region between mid-October and mid-May
This bird is usually found on freshwater during migration and wintering. (Wikipedia)


They forage by probing in shallow water or on wet mud, and mainly eat insects and similar small prey. (Wikipedia)

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