Name: Common Sandpiper
Scientific name: Actitis hypoleucus
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About: A smallish sandpiper, about 20cm long. Greeny brown above, with a bright white belly. Common Sandpipers have a shortish, straight bill which is greyish, with greeny legs. Common Sandpipers feed around the edge of small water bodies and are best recognised
How to identify: Sandpipers can be a difficult group of birds to get to grips with. When they fly, Common Sandpipers have a brown rump, but strong white wing bars. They are most similar to Wood Sandpiper and Green Sandpiper, but are smaller and shorter legged than both, w
Where: Nests around the edge of lakes and large rivers in the uplands. A common bird on migration at many inland wetlands throughout the country.
Fantastic fact: The closest relative of the Common Sandpiper is an american species, the Spotted Sandpiper which looks virtually identical, except it has thrush-like black spots on the belly during the summer.
Photograph credit: Stefan Johansson / avesphoto.se