Common Greenshank

Tringa nebularia

Common Greenshank, Tringa nebularia, photo © by Michael Plagens

In winter plumage, this shorebird was in a marshy area of Nairobi National Park, Kenya. October 2016.

From Wikipedia: Common greenshanks are brown in breeding plumage, and grey-brown in winter. When in water, they can appear very similar to marsh sandpipers but are distinguished by the shape of the lower bill which gives it an upturned appearance to the bill. They have long greenish legs and a long bill with a grey base. They show a white wedge on the back in flight. Like most waders, they feed on small invertebrates, but will also take small fish and amphibians. The common greenshank is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies.

Scolopacidae -- Sandpiper Family


  • Birds of Kenya and Northern Tanzania by Zimmerman et al.
  • Birds of East Africa by Stevenson and Fanshawe

More Information:

Kenya Natural History

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