Also known as Common Redshanks, in breeding plumage the Redshanks are a marbled brown color, slightly lighter below. In winter , 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 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 belongs to a high-latitude lineage of largish shanks.

Habitat and Distribution

It is a widespread breeding bird across temperate Eurasia. It is a migratory species, wintering on coasts around the Mediterranean, on the Atlantic coast of Europe from Great Britain southwards, and in South Asia. They are uncommon vagrants outside these areas.


Like most waders, they feed on small invertebrates.


Redshanks will nest in any wetland, from damp meadows to saltmarsh, often at high densities. They lay 3-5 eggs.

Calls and Songs

They are wary and noisy birds which will alert everything else with their loud piping call.