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Solitary Sandpiper
Tringa solitaria

Shorebirds
Sandpipers and Snipes (Scolopacidae)

Size: Length: 19-23 cm

Description: This common shorebird has a dark upper body with light white spotting. The head is streaked brown with a thin white eye-ring. The beak is black and longer than the spotted sandpiper. The upper tail coverts are black. In flight, the speckled back is distinctive. The legs are green. Wading in the shallow waters, the solitary sandpiper feeds on small aquatic insects, using its feet to stir up the action. Unlike most shorebirds, they nest in trees, usually co-opting the former nests of songbirds like the robin or gray jay. The greenish or buffy eggs hatch after 23 or 24 days. They young then jump from the nest and flutter to the ground.

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