This is a medium-sized wading
bird, averaging about 12 inches in body length.
It is distinguished from other waders by its long
green legs and slightly up-turned bill.
The greenshank breeds in
Scotland, Norway, Sweden, and Finland. It is most
often found on bogs with pools and boulders. It
spends its winters on estuaries and small tidal
creeks, migrating as far south as Australia and
South Africa. Between its breeding and wintering
grounds in can be found on just about any wetland
habitat, including inland marshes.
The nest is usually built on
the ground and commonly consists of a small
hollow lined with heather or dry grass. The eggs
-- usually four per clutch -- are pale buff or
stone color, blotched with purplish-gray and
spotted with dark brown. They are incubated for
23 to 26 days, and the chicks fledge at 25 to 31
days of age.
Worms, insects and tiny fish
provide the bulk of the greenshank's food.
Genus & Species Tringa nebularia
Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
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