Wood Sandpiper

Scientific Name: Tringa glareola

Malay Name: Kedidi Sawah

Chinese Name: 林鹬

Range: 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.

Taxonomy: Monotypic.

Size: 18.5-21 cm

Identification: 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, Grey-tailed Tattler, Common Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper

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.

Migrant bar chart (see more bar charts):

Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola
Estimated average number of individuals by week based on eBird data, Jul 2013 to Jun 2023
Peak week Jan 01-Jan 07
Early date 16 Jul 2017
Late date 16 May 2004
One of the earliest-arriving waders, mostly found in freshwater habitats in Singapore. Look out for this bird in flooded grasslands and muddy patches with vegetation.


BirdLife International. (2016). Tringa glareola. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22693247A86689640.en. 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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