Marsh Sandpiper (species: Tringa (Tringa) stagnatilis) in Scheyville NP (Gaia Guide)
Tringa (Tringa) stagnatilis
Marsh Sandpiper

©Jason Girvan: Marsh Sandpiper (Marsh Sandpiper) in non-breeding plumage.

©Jan Svetlik: Marsh Sandpiper (Tringa (Tringa) stagnatilis)

©Idmaer Saxon: Marsh Sandpiper (Tringa (Tringa) stagnatilis)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Charadriiformes
Family Scolopacidae
Genus Tringa
Species Tringa (Tringa) stagnatilis
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

It resembles a small elegant Common Greenshank, with a long fine bill and very long yellowish legs. Like the Common Greenshank, it is greyish brown in breeding plumage, paler in winter, and has a white wedge up its back that is visible in flight.


  • From 22 cm to 26 cm (Length of specimen)


  • From 0.045 kg to 0.12 kg


  • From 55 cm to 59 cm



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution: Marsh Sandpiper (Tringa (Tringa) stagnatilis)

Distribution and habitat preferences

It breeds in open grassy steppe and taiga wetlands from easternmost Europe to central Asia. It is a migratory species, with majority of birds wintering in Africa, and India with fewer migrating to Southeast Asia and Australia.

They prefer to winter on fresh water wetlands such as swamps and lakes and are usually seen singly or in small groups. (Wikipedia)


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

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