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Common Sandpiper

Common Sandpiper
Photographed byGeorgina Steytler on Fri 12th Dec, 2014 and uploaded by Rob Parker on Sun 30th Sep, 2018 .
CommentCommon Sandpiper: Score 87%

Scientific Name: Actitis hypoleucos
Summer BG: Europe; C Asia, British Isles, Kamchatka & Sakhalin (Russia), E Siberia (Russia) & N Japan
Overall Size: 19 - 22cm
Conservation Status (BWL): Least concern

This species was misidentified as Grey-tailed Tattler x1, Wood Sandpiper x2

The Common Sandpiper is distinguishable from the Grey-tailed Tattler by the underwing. The Common Sandpiper has a mostly white underwing with brown bars, whereas the Grey-tailed Tattler has a plain grey underwing.

The Common Sandpiper is distinguishable from the Wood Sandpiper by the upperparts pattern. The Common Sandpiper has faint black streaks and barring, whereas the Wood Sandpiper is heavily spotted white.

Some other identifying features for the Common Sandpiper are:

- Tail longer than folded wing.

- Bib-like breast-band, with characteristic white peak for hook shape.

- Straight, tapering bill.

- White wing-bar.
LocationOcean Reef Marina, Perth (Western Australia)
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