Nordmann’s Greenshank

Scientific Name: Tringa guttifer
Malay Name: Kedidi Kaki Hijau Berbintik
Chinese Name: 小青脚鹬
Alternative Name(s): Spotted Greenshank

Breeds in Siberia, recorded on passage in southern China, Japan, Korea and winters to Bangladesh and Southeast Asia


Size: 29-32 cm

Adult resembles Common Greenshank but has thicker, distinctively bi-coloured and slightly upturned bill, faintly streaked crown, nape and sides of breast, plainer upperparts without obvious dark markings on wing-coverts and shorter, yellowish legs. Shows all white uppertail-coverts when in flight and toes do not extend beyond tail-tip.

Similar looking species: Common Greenshank

Habitat: Mudflats and sandflats.


Local Status: Very rare migrant

Conservation Status: Endangered (BirdLife International 2016)

Location: The most recent record was two birds at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve on 15-23 November 2008. Earlier records include two and five birds at Jurong on October 1963 and January 1964 respectively followed by one bird at Changi between 9 November and 5 December 1981.


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

BirdLife International. (2016). Tringa guttifer. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Downloaded on 2 September 2021
Jeyarajasingam, A., & Pearson, A. (2012). A Field Guide to the Birds of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore. Oxford University Press.
Lim, K. S., Chia, A., Yong, D. L., & Chew, J. (2009). The Avifauna of Singapore. Nature Society (Singapore).
Robson, C. (2008). A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia. New Holland Publishers.