Common Sandpiper

Scientific Name: Actitis hypoleucos
Malay Name: Kedidi-Kelicap Biasa
Chinese Name: 矶鹬

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

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.

Similar looking species: Green Sandpiper, Grey-tailed Tattler

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: 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.


External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link

BirdLife International. (2016). Actitis hypoleucos. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Downloaded on 2 September 2021
Robson, C. (2008). A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia. New Holland Publishers.
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.