Tringa glareola - Wood sandpiper:

Summary Information
Living Organisms / Animalia / Craniata / Aves / Ciconiiformes / Scolopacidae / Tringa / Species

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The taxonomy of birds is still under review and the A World Checklist of Birds by Burt L. Monroe, Jr and Charles G. Sibley (B89) has been chosen as the primary reference. The taxonomic structure will be amended when new editions or complete references are identified by the scientific world as the recognized primary references for taxonomy.

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Distribution General Range: Northern Eurasia, Aleutian Islands: winters to central Africa, south-east Asia. (B89)
Habitat Breeding - Marshes and bogs in boreal (northern) forests. (B163)
Further Information Feeding:
  • food - insects and aquatic invertebrates
  • feeding behaviour - probes, sweeps with bill, picks on surface; wades to belly depth and sometimes submerges


  • location and structure - cup-shaped in cover, lined with vegetation; may use an old nest
  • breeding structure - monogamous


  • markings - patterned
  • number of eggs - 4 (3)
  • broods - one brood per season
  • incubation - by male and female; 22-23 days


  • development - Precocial; finds own food
  • parental caring for young - mainly male, also female
  • fledging - approximately 30 days

(B163, B164)

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Electronic Library (further reading):

General Legislation:

  • This species is listed on Schedule 1 - Part I (Birds protected by special penalties: Notes on the revised schedules state "Birds protected by special penalties at all times") of the LUK2 - Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 of the United Kingdom. (W5.Oct01)

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