Wood Sandpiper

Scientific Name: Tringa glareola
Malay Name: Kedidi Sawah
Chinese Name: 林鹬

Breeds in the Northern Palearctic from Europe to eastern Siberia, winters in tropical Africa through the Middle East and Indian subcontinent to Southeast Asia and Australia.


Size: 18.5-21 cm

A medium-sized wader with yellowish green legs. From the similar looking Common Sandpiper by its taller looking, more upright posture and more spotted upperparts. The similar but rare Green Sandpiper also has spotted upperparts, but typically has a more horizontal posture like the Common Sandpiper, and with supercilium that does not extend past the eye. The Grey-tailed Tattler, that is typically not found in the same habitat, has much cleaner upperparts, brighter green legs and thicker looking bill.

Similar looking species: Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Grey-tailed Tattler

Habitat: Freshwater marshes.

Behaviour/Ecology: Often seen in small flocks together with Common Sandpipers and occasionally with Little Ringed Plovers.

Local Status: Uncommon migrant

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

Location: Freshwater puddles, typically temporary ones that form at construction sites or grassfields in places like Seletar and Jurong. Also found along shallow canals.


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

BirdLife International. (2016). Tringa glareola. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Downloaded on 2 September 2021
Robson, C. (2008). A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia. New Holland Publishers.