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Spotted Sandpiper
Actitis macularia

Shorebirds
Sandpipers and Snipes (Scolopacidae)

Size: Length: 18-20 cm

Description: Very common, the spotted sandpiper can often be seen wandering the shallows in search of tiny insects, or even snatching insects from mid-air. It is a short-necked sandpiper with a solid brown back, tail and wings. The throat, breast and undersides are white, spotted with brown, hence the name. There is a white eye-ring, and a white line through the eye extending towards the back of the head. The legs are orange, as is the bill (although it has a black tip). They have a distinctive posture, with the head tilted downward, bobbing the tail up and down constantly. They nest in a grass-lined hollow on the ground. Unusual for birds though, the males are left to incubate and protect the eggs. The females play little part in the rearing of the young birds.

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