Green Sandpiper

Green Sandpiper

Scientific name: Tringa ochropus

Did you know: The Green Sandpiper, a unique tree-nesting wader, is known for its characteristic zig-zagging flight and melodious calls!

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

Green Sandpipers are striking waders with dark olive-brown upperparts contrasted by pale underparts and a distinctive white rump. 

When standing, they often exhibit a bobbing motion and can appear quite nervous, quickly taking off when disturbed. Their flight resembles that of a large House Martin, characterised by low, zig-zagging movements.

Differences Between Male And Female Green Sandpipers

Males and females share similar plumage, making it challenging to distinguish between them. Females are generally slightly larger, but this difference is subtle.

What Do Green Sandpipers Eat?

These birds primarily feast on insects, skillfully spearing them with their sharp beaks. Their diet is supplemented by other small invertebrates, which they deftly pick off the mud around ponds and wetland edges.

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

Green Sandpipers breed across subarctic Asia and Europe. They migrate to southern Europe, the Indian Subcontinent, Southeast Asia, and tropical Africa for wintering. 

They favour freshwater habitats and are often found in more secluded sites compared to other waders.

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

Green Sandpipers are relatively vocal, especially in flight. They emit a distinctive three-note whistle, which is an unmistakable aspect of their presence in a habitat.

Fun Green Sandpiper Facts (kid friendly)

  • Green Sandpipers nest in trees, a rare habit among waders.
  • They are known for their unique “bobbing” behaviour when standing.
  • Their flight pattern is a low, zig-zagging movement, similar to a large House Martin.

Facts About The Green Sandpiper

Diet: Insects.
Bird Family: Sandpipers, snipes and phalaropes
Length: 22cm
Scientific Name: Tringa ochropus

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

  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December

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Female
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Hatchling
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Nestling
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Chick
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Juvenile