Terek Sandpiper

Scientific Name: Xenus cinereus
Malay Name: Kedidi Sereng
Chinese Name: 翘嘴鹬

Breeds from northeast Europe to east Siberia; winters (mostly coastal) in Africa, southeast Asia, Australia, and the Indonesian archipelago.


Size: 22-25 cm

A short-legged sandpiper with distinctive upturned bill. While its orange-red legs recall Common Redshank, Terek shows much shorter legs and an upturned bill. In flight, lacks white wing-bar (unlike Common Sandpiper), and has prominent white trailing edge to wing.

Similar looking species: Common Redshank

Habitat: Winters mostly on coastal mudflats and sandflats.

Behaviour/Ecology: Often associates with Common Redshanks and other waders, especially at Sungei Buloh. 

Local Status: Uncommon migrant

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2019)

Location: Any area of suitable habitat such as Sungei Buloh, Yishun Dam, Pasir Ris Park, or Chek Jawa.


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

BirdLife International. (2019). Xenus cinereus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2019. Downloaded on 2 September 2021
Robson, C. (2008). A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia. New Holland Publishers.