Upland Sandpiper (species: Bartramia longicauda) in taxonomy (Gaia Guide)
Bartramia longicauda
Upland Sandpiper

©Cláudio Dias Timm: Upland Sandpiper (Bartramia longicauda)

©Johnath: Upland Sandpiper (Bartramia longicauda)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Charadriiformes
Family Scolopacidae
Genus Bartramia
Species Bartramia longicauda
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

It has a small dove-like head on a long neck. It is heavily marbled black and brown on the back and wings. The neck is streaked with dark brown which continues down to the breast and on to the flanks. The belly and undertail coverts are white. The tail is quite long for a sandpiper. It also sports a white eyering and long yellow legs. (Wikipedia)


  • Up to 30 cm (Length of specimen)


  • Up to 66 cm



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Distribution and habitat preferences

Even though they are sandpipers, they do not need the water. They prefer open country with tall grasses. They are also found at airports, blueberry farms and abandoned strip mines in the east. Their true core range and habitat is in the northern midwest United States. (Wikipedia)

Web resources


  • Simpson, K., N. Day and P. Trusler (2004). Field Guide to Birds of Australia: 7th Edition Penguin Group (Australia), Camberwell, Victoria.