Common Redshank

Scientific Name: Tringa totanus
Malay Name: Kedidi Kaki Merah Biasa
Chinese Name: 红脚鹬

Breeds in the Palearctic from central Europe to eastern Siberia; winters in tropical Africa through the Middle East and Indian subcontinent to southeast Asia.

Polytypic. Subspecies are: robusta, totanus, ussuriensis, terrignotae, craggi, eurhina.

Size: 30-34 cm

A medium-sized wader with distinctive, bright orange-red legs. Similar to the much rarer Spotted Redshank, but much shorter- and thicker-billed with significantly less red on bill base; in flight, also shows extensive white on secondaries. Grey-tailed Tattler, which is greyer overall and shorter-legged, has yellow rather than red legs; Terek Sandpiper may show orange legs but has a highly distinctive upturned bill. Black spotting on breast, lower flanks, vent, and upperparts in breeding plumage fades in non-breeding season, but is still apparent on some individuals as late as August.

Similar looking species: Grey-tailed Tattler, Terek Sandpiper, Spotted Redshank

Habitat: Mudflats, sandflats, and brackish lagoons.

Behaviour/Ecology: Normally gregarious. Highly active while feeding, running to grab food, occasionally probing.

Local Status: Common migrant

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

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


External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link
eBird Species page: eBird (Common Redshank)

BirdLife International. (2016). Tringa totanus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Accessed on 19 December 2021

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

Van Gils, J., Wiersma, P., & Kirwan, G. M. (2020). Common Redshank (Tringa totanus), version 1.0. In del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D. A., & de Juana, E. (Eds.), Birds of the World. Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.