Common Greenshank (species: Tringa (Tringa) nebularia) in Sydney Marine Life (Gaia Guide)
Tringa (Tringa) nebularia
Common Greenshank

©Jan Svetlik: Common Greenshank (Tringa (Tringa) nebularia)

©J.M. Garg: Common Greenshank (Common Greenshank)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Charadriiformes
Family Scolopacidae
Genus Tringa
Species Tringa (Tringa) nebularia
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

They are brown in breeding plumage, and grey-brown in winter. When in water, they can appear very similar to Marsh Sandpiper but are distinguished by the shape of the lower bill which gives it an upturned appearance to the bill. They have long greenish legs and a long bill with a grey base. They show a white wedge on the back in flight. (Wikipedia)


  • From 31 cm to 35 cm (Length of specimen)


  • From 55 cm to 65 cm



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Distribution and habitat preferences

This is a subarctic bird, breeding from northern Scotland eastwards across northern Europe and Asia. It is a migratory species, wintering in Africa, the Indian Subcontinent, and Australasia, usually on fresh water. (Wikipedia)

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