Common Greenshank

Scientific Name: Tringa nebularia

Malay Name: Kedidi Kaki Hijau Biasa

Chinese Name: 青脚鹬

Range: Breeds in the Northern Palearctic from central Europe to eastern Siberia, winters in tropical Africa through the Middle East and Indian subcontinent to Southeast Asia and Australia.

Taxonomy: Monotypic.

Size: 27-29 cm

Identification: A medium-sized wader with dirty green legs. Similar to the very rare Nordmann's Greenshank, but with thinner and duller bill, duller legs and darker looking upperparts. Distinguished from the uncommon Marsh Sandpiper by its bigger size and thicker bill with greenish bill base.

Similar looking species: Marsh Sandpiper, Nordmann's Greenshank

Habitat: Mudflats, sandflats and brackish lagoons.

Behaviour/Ecology: Gregarious, though they do not seem to associate with Common Redshanks locally.

Local Status: Uncommon migrant

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

Location: Any site with suitable habitat such as Sungei Buloh and Seletar Dam.

Migrant bar chart (see more bar charts):

Common Greenshank Tringa nebularia
Estimated average number of individuals by week based on eBird data, Jul 2013 to Jun 2023
Peak week Nov 05-Nov 11
Early date 03 Jul 2022
Late date 28 Jun 1988
Another one of the commoner shorebirds, early arrivals of this species are in August, with significant numbers present throughout the migratory season.


BirdLife International. (2016). Tringa nebularia. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Accessed on 1 January 2023

Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.

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