Male Common Sandpiper

Common Sandpiper

Scientific name: Actitis hypoleucos

Did you know: The Common Sandpiper is known for its ‘teetering’ motion, a unique bobbing behaviour observed when the bird is standing.

What Do Common Sandpipers Look Like? (how to identify them)

Common Sandpipers are petite waders, boasting greyish-brown upperparts and stark white underparts

With a wingspan of 32-35 cm and a length of 19-21 cm, these birds are distinguished by their short legs and feet with a dark-yellowish tint, and a bill that’s pale at the base but dark at the tip.

Differences Between Male And Female Common Sandpipers

Male and female Common Sandpipers share a similar appearance. Both sexes exhibit the same colouration and size, making it a challenge to differentiate between them based solely on their looks.

What Do Common Sandpipers Eat?

These birds are skilled foragers, primarily feeding on insects, worms, and molluscs. They often hunt by sight, either on the ground or in shallow waters.

Where Do Common Sandpipers Live? (inc. migration info)

The Common Sandpiper will commonly breed across much of Asia and Europe, migrating to Africa, southern Asia, and Australia during winter. Interestingly, their migration route even passes through places like Palau in Micronesia.

Bird Calls & Songs (the unique voices of Common Sandpipers)

Recognisable by their distinctive stiff-winged flight, Common Sandpipers emit a three-note call. This call is often the first indication of their presence.

Fun Common Sandpiper Facts (kid friendly)

  • These birds have a peculiar way of moving, known as ‘teetering’.
  • Common Sandpipers are masters of camouflage, blending into their riverside habitats.
  • They lay eggs that are speckled and well-camouflaged.
  • Young sandpipers sometimes cling to their parents for a unique form of transportation.
  • Despite their small size, these birds undertake long migratory journeys.

Common Sandpiper Video

Facts About The Common Sandpiper

Diet: Insects and some worms and molluscs.
Bird Family: Sandpipers, snipes and phalaropes
Length: 19-21cm
Wingspan: 32-35cm
Weight: 40-60g
Scientific Name: Actitis hypoleucos

The Common Sandpiper Can Be Seen In The UK During The Following Months

  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October

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