Greenshank - Hebridean Birds Sightings

Western Isles Birds - Greenshank - These birds some of which breed in the Western Isles are of great national importance being an uncommon resident or migrant breeder and low numbers of passage visitors.

A medium-sized slim grey wader with long legs , upturned bill, a a dark grey back and white underparts.

These birds when in flight are fast and strong flying with regular wing beats and look long and tapered.
Greenshank -  Western Isles Bird Sightings
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Bird Overview Greenshank
Family
Sandpipers & Allies
Latin name
Tringa nebularia

 Population
Secure


Similar Species
Redshank
Spotted Redshank
Description
A medium-sized slim grey wader with long legs , upturned bill, a a dark grey back and white underparts. Its long green legs and slightly up-turned bill help to distinguish it from other waders.

It calls regularly and is seen singly and in small groups. One of the prettiest waders despite its lack of strong colouring this bird seen in the Western Isles, Scotland really is elegant.

It is a little larger than the redshank - but not as large as a godwit. Juveniles tend to be more brown


Size
30 - 35 cm (12 - 14ins)

Habitat
These birds seen in the Western Isles, Scotland prefer boggy moorland,pools and lakes and lochs.

Food
These birds eat worms, snails and fish.

Voice
Call is distinctive kwork or gwaak.

Breeding
These birds, the greenshanks,breed on moorland - near water and they nest on scrape on the ground, laying 4 buff eggs, in the hidden ground nest. They have one brood May - July

Misc. Info
These birds when in flight are fast and strong flying with regular wing beats and look long and tapered. These birds have a lifespan of up to 10 years.

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