Spotted Redshank

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Scientific Name: Tringa erythropus

Malay Name: Kedidi Kaki Merah Hitam

Chinese Name: 鹤鹬

Range: 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.

Taxonomy: Monotypic.

Size: 29-32 cm

Identification: 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.

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

Habitat: Mudflats, sandflats, brackish lagoons, freshwater marshes

Behaviour/Ecology: Gregarious, prefers to feed in deep water.

Local Status: Vagrant

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

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Spotted Redshank Tringa erythropus
Average number of individuals by week based on Singapore Bird Database data, Jul 2013 to Jun 2023 (all records)
Early date 01 Sep 1967
Late date 14 Apr 1979
Bar chart not displayed for this species; no records in the given time period.
Last record of this vagrant wader was in Sep 1996 at Seletar.


BirdLife International. (2016). Tringa erythropus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Accessed on 1 January 2023

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

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