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Tringa erythropus (Spotted redshank) 

Gevlekte rooipootruiter [Afrikaans]; Zwarte ruiter [Dutch]; Chevalier arlequin [French]; Dunkler wasserläufer [German]; Perna-vermelha-escuro [Portuguese]

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Tringa erythropus (Spotted redshank)   

Spotted redshank, Barcelona, Spain. [photo Ferran Pestaña ©]


Distribution and habitat

Mainly breeds in the tundra from northern Scandinavia to eastern Siberia, heading south in the non-breeding season to the region from Pakistan to south-eastern China and Africa between 0-25° North, rarely moving further to southern Africa. Here it has been sighted approximately seven times at the Caprivi Strip, Namibia, southern Mozambique, north-eastern Zimbabwe, Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal, with all records in the period from December-February. It generally prefers sheltered inland wetlands, such as lakes, farm dams and sewage works.


  • Hockey PAR, Dean WRJ and Ryan PG 2005. Roberts - Birds of southern Africa, VIIth ed. The Trustees of the John Voelcker Bird Book Fund, Cape Town.