This is a large wader (shorebird), measuring 29-31 cm (11-12 in) long, with a wingspan of 61-67 cm (24-26 in) and a weight ranging from 121 to 205 g. It is black in breeding plumage, and very pale in winter. It has a red legs and bill, and shows a white oval on the back in flight. Juveniles are grey-brown finely speckled white above, and have pale, finely barred underparts.

Habitat and Distribution

The Spotted Redshank breeds in the Arctic across much of Eurasia, from Lapland in the west to Chukotskaya in the east.


Like most waders, it feeds on small invertebrates.


It nests on open boggy taiga, laying four eggs in a ground scrape.

Calls and Songs

The call is a creaking whistle teu-it (somewhat similar to the call of a Roseate Tern), the alarm call a kyip-kyip-kyip.