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Common Redshank Tringa totanus   - Adult and juvenile
Common Redshank
Photographer : © Amar-Singh HSS
Location :coastal mangrove, Bagan Datuk, Perak, Malaysia
Date : 10 September 2020
English synonyms:Redshank, Lesser Redshank, Iceland Redshank, Eastern Redshank, Common Sandpiper, Teuke
Bird Family :Tringinae - Godwits, Curlews, Shanks, Sandpipers, Tattlers, Turnstones, Dowitchers, Knots, Stints, Dunlin, Ruff & Phalaropes
Red Data Status :Least Concern
Remarks :I saw a large flock of these; about 25-35 birds spread out around the jetty walkway. Some birds were clearly just coming out of breeding plumage, others in non-breeding plumage But I was confused with some that had orange-red legs but a very dull base of bills. Usually we would expect the base of the bill in Common Redshanks to be orange. Vinicombe (2014) points out that the base of the bill in juveniles is grey at first. Wells (1999) says that 1st winter birds have dull bills and feet. Hence these juveniles can be confused with Wood Sandpipers until they fly when the conspicuous white is seen.

1. Keith Vinicombe (2014). The Helm Guide to Bird Identification. Bloomsbury.
2. Wells, D.R. (1999) The birds of the Thai-Malay Peninsula: Vol. 1 (Non-Passerines). Christopher Helm, London
3. Hayman, Marchant, Prater (1986). Shorebirds: an identification guide to the waders of the world. Christopher Helm, London.

- Amar

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