Mobile bird identification
Bird Field Guide

In winter the Redshank has dark brown upperparts and head, it's underside is dull white and it's breast is greyish-brown. It has a black bill which is orange at the base. It's legs are orange.


  Tringa totanus
Waders Menu
The Redshank is a bold noisy bird, especially around breeding sites where it becomes easily agitated by unwanted visitors.
Order: Charadriiformes

Family: Scolopacidae

Genus:  Tringa

Species: T. totanus
Note the dark wing tips, bright red legs and extensive white on the wings, Redshank in summer plumage.
Adult Male & Female (Winter)
Breeding distribution
Probably breeding
Confirmed to be breeding in this area
Confirmed breeding sites
Probably breeding
Breeding distribution of the Redshank
General distribution:
Breeds throughout most of Europe where it also winters. Most birds move slightly South in winter but some birds are resident. Some non-breeders winter further South, as far as Northern Australia. Widespread in the UK, especially in winter when numbers are increased by migrants.
Breeds on salt marshes and wet pasture near freshwater, sometimes on wet upland moors. In winter birds move to muddy estuaries and creeks, often forming large flocks.
Redshank in summer plumage near it's nest site.
The Redshank in summer plumage is a beautiful bird, bright red legs, dark speckling and bold character make it a distinctive wader.
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Thanks to: (Modified)
The bright legs are usually the first clue to identifying the Redshank, even in winter they are still striking.
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Redshank in winter plumage identification

Dull brown upperparts

Greyish brown breast
*Barred tail
* key ID points
*Dark bill, orange at base
*Orange legs
Eye ring
Redshank flying
Redshank flying underside

*Legs project beyond tail

Pale underwing

*Broad white wing bar

Redshank flock in summer plumage
Redshank in winter plumage
Adult Male & Female (Summer)
Redshank in summer plumage identification
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*Dark bill, bright red at base
Eye ring
*Pale underside covered in strong dark speckles
Dark wing tips
*Barred tail

*Bright red legs

* key ID points
*Brown & grey mottled back
Redshank in winter plumage.