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Greenshank: Common

Unread postby wildtuinman » Wed Aug 31, 2005 11:13 am

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Re: Common Greenshank

Unread postby MarkWildDog » Sat Aug 23, 2008 9:57 am

Common Greenshank
Tringa Nebularia

A large slightly heavy built wader, averaging 32 cm in size. It is generally grey-brown in colour, with pale underparts. The head and neck are more dark grey and the narrow white eye ring is also characteristic of this bird. Other pointers include the long greenish legs, the long grey-green bill with a a slightly upward curve to it. In flight the white wedge on the back and dark outer wing are characteristic. In breeding they are much browner and have much more bolder and heavier streaks. Greenshanks feed on invertebrates and occasionally fish. They often resemble a marsh sandpiper, however greenshanks have a heavier black bill which is a bit upturned and has a mostly grey or green base. The bartailed godwit also often confused with this more common bird, has a pink coloured base, larger size and shorter legs. Greenshank are mostly solitary or in pairs.

Juveniles are much darker in upper sections in comparison with adults. Where both adults, males and females are alike. Habitats include coastal or freshwater wetlands. These birds are very common particularly during winter and occur throughout the whole of south africa. Their call is a loudish 'chew-chew-chew.'

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Re: Common Greenshank

Unread postby MarkWildDog » Sat Aug 23, 2008 12:36 pm

Batmad wrote:Please mind my stupidness, but it looks like it is related to the the sand pipers? :?

They are related. As the 'Trigna' suggests. Redshanks, yellowlegs etc are all part of the sandpiper family- the name just doesnt suggest it. Looking at the general structure of all these birds also points this out. They all belong to the broader family, family scolopacidae. Which includes the snipes, godwits, sandpipers, stints, curlews and phalaropes.

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Unread postby wingman » Thu Feb 25, 2010 8:46 am

Please confirm for me if these are:

Common Greenshank
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby JoelR » Thu Feb 25, 2010 1:06 pm

Yes, Common Greenshank.
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby deefstes » Tue Mar 23, 2010 9:17 am

Elsa wrote:Hi, can someone please help with the definite ID of our water Bird, sure its one of the Sandpipers but I just can't seem to agree on which one.

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Hi Elsa,

It seems that the general consensus here is that your bird is a Marsh Sandpiper so I just wanted to chime in quickly. Marsh Sandpiper is a much more slender looking bird with a very sharp, needle-like bill.

Your bird is a Common Greenshank. Notice how the bill cureves up slightly and has a blunt tip. There are other features also that gives it away as a Greenshank but those are the most obvious ones. Also notice the black lore (area between the eye and the bill) which is a feature of Greenshank and always absent in Marsh Sandpiper.
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Elsa » Tue Mar 23, 2010 11:12 am

Thanks so much deefstes, it all becomes so apparent and obvious when you describe it. :whistle: :D
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Wild about cats » Thu Jun 30, 2011 8:01 am

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I was thinking Common Sandpiper because of the white shoulder patch and yellowish legs?
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Niall » Thu Jun 30, 2011 9:50 am

This looks like a Greenshank. Common Sandpiper is quite small bird and has short legs in comparison to it's body. The Greenshank has a longer bill, slightly upturned. If seen in flight you would have seen a white rump extending up the back of the bird.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby adrianp » Thu Jun 30, 2011 1:14 pm

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Agree, the shoulder patch is misleading. Everything else says Greenshank!

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Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby WackoRhino » Fri Sep 23, 2011 12:17 pm

Hi everybody,

I have just finished posting a trip report http://www.sanparks.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=27&t=55946
where I aked for help for identification of two birds. I had many comments on the TR but no answers for the birds :)

So I am posting the photo here :

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby DotDan » Fri Sep 23, 2011 3:43 pm

Regarding the sandpipers.. both common and Wood Sandpipers are equal in size, and to me those two in the photo don't look equal at all :lol:

Something isn't right about the other bird... it seems too big for Common Sandpiper, even though the shoulder patch is visible..
Will go look at the books tonight and post again.. :wink:

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Barcud » Fri Sep 23, 2011 5:33 pm

Hi WackoRhino,

The left hand bird is a Greenshank (combination of leg colour, back pattern white underparts bill length & colour).


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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Rookie » Tue Mar 20, 2012 9:57 pm

I spent Friday afternon in WCNP near Langebaan on the West Coast and even though the wind was howling and the tide very far out, I managed to get a couple of phots of the numerous waders that were in the water and would like some help with their ID.

More of the same??

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Rookie » Tue Mar 20, 2012 9:57 pm

I spent Friday afternon in WCNP near Langebaan on the West Coast and even though the wind was howling and the tide very far out, I managed to get a couple of phots of the numerous waders that were in the water and would like some help with their ID.

and lastly (for the time being anyway)

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