Common Sandpiper (species: Actitis hypoleucos) in taxonomy (Gaia Guide)
Actitis hypoleucos
Common Sandpiper

©Lip Kee Yap: Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos)

©Nevit Dilmen: Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Charadriiformes
Family Scolopacidae
Genus Actitis
Species Actitis hypoleucos
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

The adult has greyish-brown upperparts, white underparts, short dark-yellowish legs and feet, and a bill with a pale base and dark tip. In winter plumage, they are duller and have more conspicuous barring on the wings, though this is still only visible at close range. Juveniles are more heavily barred above and have buff edges to the wing feathers. (Wikipedia)


  • From 18 cm to 20 cm (Length of specimen)


  • From 32 cm to 35 cm


Similar taxa


©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Audio recordings


Recorded at Hurppu, Virolahti in Finland

© Tero Linjama


It forages by sight on the ground or in shallow water, picking up small food items such as insects, crustaceans and other invertebrates; it may even catch insects in flight. (Wikipedia)

Web resources


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