Redshank

Redshank

Scientific name: Tringa totanus

Did you know: Large numbers of Redshanks migrate from Iceland to the UK to spend their winters, adding a splash of colour to our coasts with their bright red legs!

What Do Redshanks Look Like? (how to identify them)

Redshanks are a delightful sight with their standout bright orange and red legs, which are their most distinct feature. They exhibit orange-coloured bills that are medium-length, adding to their charm. 

Their backs and wings don a brownish, speckled appearance, and their belly contrasts with a paler hue. Spotting them is a treat for bird watchers!

Differences Between Male and Female Redshanks

While observing Redshanks, you’ll notice subtle differences between males and females. Typically, males and females are similar in appearance, making it a fun challenge to differentiate them in the wild.

What Do Redshanks Eat?

These fascinating birds have a varied diet, primarily hunting earthworms, insects, crustaceans, and molluscs. They are adept at probing their bills into soil and mud in search of their next meal, making them fascinating to watch during feeding.

Where Do Redshanks Live? (inc. migration info)

Redshanks are quite the travellers! They predominantly live in mudflats, mires, marshes, and saltmarshes. These birds are commonly seen in Scotland and Northern England. During winter, they migrate in large numbers to estuaries and coastal wetlands, particularly from Iceland.

Bird Calls & Songs (the unique voices of Redshanks)

Listen out for the distinctive piping call of Redshanks! They are known for their loud and alerting calls, which can often be heard before the bird is seen.

Fun Redshank Facts (kid friendly)

  • Redshanks have strikingly red legs, earning them their name.
  • They can be seen year-round in the UK, with extra visitors in winter!
  • Redshanks are classified as Amber under the UK Birds of Conservation Concern.
  • Baby Redshanks can walk and feed almost as soon as they hatch.

Facts About The Redshank

Diet: Redshanks hunt for insects, earthworms, molluscs and crustaceans by probing their bills into soil and mud.
Bird Family: Sandpipers, snipes and phalaropes
Length: 28 cm
Wingspan: 62 cm
Weight: 110g (male), 130g (female)
Scientific Name: Tringa totanus

The Redshank 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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Male
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Female
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Hatchling
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Nestling
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Chick
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Fledgling
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Juvenile