COMMON SANDPIPER FACTS
The Common Sandpiper is a wader with grey brown back and white underside. The legs are yellow brown. The eye has white line above it and small white semi circle below forming a white eye ring. The bill is straight and pointed, and dark grey with yellow base. Juvenile birds are similar in colour but have more barring on the wings.
Eurasian Sandpiper, Summer Snipe.
19cm - 20cm long
coastal wetlands, inland fresh water wetland. Usually found on beaches or mud flats foraging on the ground or in shallow water
feeds on insects and small crustaceans
the Common Sandpiper nests on the ground close to fresh water. The eggs are buff with brown and grey spots and blotches.
breeds in temperate and subtropical Europe and Asia. It migrates to southern Asia, Africa and Australia in winter.
Map is from Atlas of Living Australia website at http://biocache.ala.org.au licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License
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