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Spotted Redshank Bird

Identification of Spotted Redshank Bird

Spotted Redshank Bird 1 Length: 29-33cm Wingspan: 61-67cm Call: "che' wit"

Spotted Redshank bird is an elegant, long-necked and long-legged wader with two distinct seasonal plumages. The summer plumage of the Spotted Redshank Bird (male) is a remarkable almost uniform sooty-black, finely spotted with white on the feather edges of the mantle and wings, with heavier white spotting on the flanks and undertail. The female is less black and more spotted. At all ages this species shows a long white rump patch. The legs Spotted Redshank Bird are red, turning black in summer, and the bill is long, fine and straight with a red base to the lower mandible. Winter plumage is a rather pure grey with whitish underparts, finely spotted with pale and dark, and the juvenile is more heavily marked with uniform mottled barring below and darker upperparts. Except in summer plumage, a bold feature is the prominent whitish supercilium, enhanced by the contrast with a solid black eye-stripe.

Habitat of Spotted Redshank Bird

Spotted Redshank Bird is an Arctic breeder that nests on boggy wooded tundra, thinly wooded areas of the taiga forest, and also on open tundra with adjacent swampy areas. On passage and in winter it is found on freshwater more than Redshank, favouring sewage farms, shallow lakes, lagoons, marshes, paddyfields and flooded grassland. Also found on saltpans, estuaries and saltmarshes. Quite adept in the water, wading deeply and often swimming.

Song / call of Spotted Redshank Bird

Spotted Redshank Bird 2

The most familiar call of Spotted Redshank Bird, often given in flight when flushed, is a quick clear "che'wit", "chi'hee!" or "tee-veet!", higher pitched on the second syllable. The song, typically given in song flight but sometimes from the ground, is a rather simple rolling "gweee-yerh gweee-yerh gweee-yerh" or "oOo-weeee'yeh oOo-weeee'yeh oOo-weeee'yeh", with a gravelly quality not unlike the song of the Dunlin. This is punctuated by bouts of rapid 'chipping' calls, such as "chi'ih'ih'ih'ih'ih" or "chep chep chep chep". It also gives a tern-like rasping "kree' kree' kree".