Scientific Name: Tringa erythropus
Malay Name: Kedidi Kaki Merah Hitam
Chinese Name: 鹤鹬
Breeds in the Northern Palearctic from central Europe to eastern Siberia, winters in tropical Africa through the Middle East and Indian subcontinent, present but rarer in southeast Asia.
Size: 29-32 cm
A medium-sized wader with distinctive, bright red legs. Breeding plumage (unexpected in Singapore) all black, very distinctive. Non-breeding plumage similar to the Common Redshank, but with brighter red legs and thinner, black bill with distinct red bill base on the lower mandible. Lacks white trailing edge on wings when seen in flight. 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.
Habitat: Mudflats, sandflats, brackish lagoons, freshwater marshes
Behaviour/Ecology: Gregarious, prefers to feed in deep water.
Local Status: Very rare vagrant
Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)
- Bird List Revision for May 2019 (Revisions)
Past accepted records in our database:
Migrant bar chart (see more bar charts):
BirdLife International. (2016). Tringa erythropus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22693207A86682083.en. Accessed on 1 January 2023
Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.