Spotted Redshank

This species is defined as a rarity. Please submit your records of this species via our record submission page.

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.

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

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)

Past accepted records in our database:

Past records, bar chart (see more bar charts):


External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link
eBird Species page: eBird (Spotted Redshank)

BirdLife International. (2016). Tringa erythropus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Accessed on 19 December 2021

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