Scientific Name: Xenus cinereus
Malay Name: Kedidi Sereng
Chinese Name: 翘嘴鹬
Range: Breeds from northeast Europe to east Siberia; winters (mostly coastal) in Africa, southeast Asia, Australia, and the Indonesian archipelago.
Size: 22-25 cm
Identification: 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: Spotted Redshank, Common Redshank, Grey-tailed Tattler
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.
Featured reports: Mar 2022, May 2022, Aug 2022, Sep 2022, Oct 2022, Nov 2022, Dec 2022, Jan 2023, Feb 2023, Mar 2023
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link
eBird Species page: eBird (Terek Sandpiper)
BirdLife International. (2019). Xenus cinereus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2019. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22693251A155505422.en. Accessed on 1 January 2023
Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.
Singapore Birds Project. (n.d.). Terek Sandpiper. Retrieved on June 3, 2023 from https://singaporebirds.com/species/terek-sandpiper.