Scientific name: Philomachus pugnax
Nature Stars: 60
About: A large sandpiper, about 26cm long (males up to 30cm). Non-breeding birds are pale fawn-brown all over with a paler belly. Ruff have a short slightly downcurved bill and yellowy-orange legs. Ruff are typical waders, feeding in shallow water around lakes,
How to identify: Sandpipers can be a difficult group of birds to get to grips with. Ruff are faily plain looking waders, with a longish neck but small head.
Where: A very rare breeding bird of wet grasslands in East Anglia. Fairly common on migration at wetlands throughout the country.
Fantastic fact: Female Ruff are called Reeves and are much smaller than their mates.
Photograph credit: Photo credit tbc