Scientific Name: Actitis hypoleucos
Malay Name: Kedidi-Kelicap Biasa
Chinese Name: 矶鹬
Range: Extremely wide-ranging species; breeds from western Europe to the Russian Far East; winters in tropical Africa across the Indian subcontinent and southeast Asia to Australia.
Size: 19-21 cm
Identification: Small, short-legged sandpiper; clean white underparts apart from brownish breast patch forming a "bib" (rather than a strip across the breast as in Green Sandpiper). Grey-tailed Tattler is longer-billed, larger, and longer-legged.
Habitat: A wide range of waterbodies –including canals, drains, mudflats, reservoirs, and small ponds.
Behaviour/Ecology: Distinctive flight action consisting of sharp, stiff wing-beats. Often bobs tail up and down. Usually rather vocal, especially in flight.
Local Status: Very common migrant
Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)
Location: Any area of suitable habitat, such as Sungei Buloh, Marina East, and in drains and canals across Singapore.
Migrant bar chart (see more bar charts):
Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos Estimated average number of individuals by week based on eBird data, Jul 2013 to Jun 2023
BirdLife International. (2016). Actitis hypoleucos. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22693264A86678952.en. Accessed on 1 January 2023
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Van Gils, J., Wiersma, P., and Kirwan, G. M. (2020). Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos), 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. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.comsan.01
Bird Society of Singapore. (n.d.). Common Sandpiper. Retrieved on December 10, 2023 from https://singaporebirds.com/species/common-sandpiper.