Common redshank

Common redshank
Common Redshank Tringa totanus.jpg
Breeding plumage
Scientific classification edit
T. totanus
Binomial name
Tringa totanus
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Range of T. totanus     Breeding      Resident      Passage      Non-breeding
  • Totanus totanus (Linnaeus, 1758)
  • Scolopax totanus Linnaeus, 1758
  • Tringa gambetta Linnaeus, 1758
Common Redshank seen at RSPB Freiston Shore, Lincolnshire, UK

The common redshank or simply redshank (Tringa totanus) is a Eurasian wader in the large family Scolopacidae. The genus name Tringa is the New Latin name given to the green sandpiper by Aldrovandus in 1599 based on Ancient Greek trungas, a thrush-sized, white-rumped, tail-bobbing wading bird mentioned by Aristotle. The specific totanus is from Tótano, the Italian name for this bird.[2]

Description and systematics

Bird (non-breeding) in flight (Laguna di Venezia, Italy)
Redshank searching for food.

Common redshanks in breeding plumage are a marbled brown color, slightly lighter below. In winter plumage they become somewhat lighter-toned and less patterned, being rather plain greyish-brown above and whitish below. They have red legs and a black-tipped red bill, and show white up the back and on the wings in flight.

The spotted redshank (T. erythropus), which breeds in the Arctic, has a longer bill and legs; it is almost entirely black in breeding plumage and very pale in winter. It is not a particularly close relative of the common redshank, but rather belongs to a high-latitude lineage of largish shanks. T. totanus on the other hand is closely related to the marsh sandpiper (T. stagnatilis), and closer still to the small wood sandpiper (T. glareola). The ancestors of the latter and the common redshank seem to have diverged around the Miocene-Pliocene boundary, about 5–6 million years ago. These three subarctic- to temperate-region species form a group of smallish shanks with have red or yellowish legs, and in breeding plumage are generally a subdued light brown above with some darker mottling, and have somewhat diffuse small brownish spots on the breast and neck.[3]

Other Languages
Afrikaans: Rooipootruiter
asturianu: Tringa totanus
azərbaycanca: Otluq ilbizcüllütü
башҡортса: Тәтелдәүес
беларуская: Траўнік
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Траўнік (птушка)
dansk: Rødben
Deutsch: Rotschenkel
Ελληνικά: Κοκκινοσκέλης
español: Tringa totanus
Esperanto: Ruĝkrura tringo
føroyskt: Stelkur
Frysk: Tjirk
Gaeilge: Cosdeargán
한국어: 붉은발도요
Bahasa Indonesia: Trinil kaki-merah
interlingua: Tringa totanus
íslenska: Stelkur
italiano: Tringa totanus
ქართული: მსევანი
kaszëbsczi: Torfnik
қазақша: Шөпілдек
kurdî: Çîqsor
latviešu: Pļavu tilbīte
Livvinkarjala: Ruskeijalguvigli
македонски: Црвенонога тринга
മലയാളം: ചോരക്കാലി
Nederlands: Tureluur
Nedersaksies: Tuterink
Nordfriisk: Kleer
norsk: Rødstilk
norsk nynorsk: Raudstilk
پنجابی: لال چہا
Picard: Pieds-Rouges
Piemontèis: Tringa totanus
polski: Krwawodziób
português: Tringa totanus
русиньскый: Улїт рудоногый
Seeltersk: Tüüdik
svenska: Rödbena
Türkçe: Kızılbacak
Tiếng Việt: Choắt nâu
中文: 红脚鹬