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Conservation status: Amber

A smallish wader with contrasting brown upperparts and white underparts. It habitually bobs up and down, known as 'teetering', and has a distinctive flight with stiff, bowed wings. Its presence is often betayed by its three-note call which it gives as it flies off.

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Overview

Latin name

Actitis hypoleucos

Family

Sandpipers and allies (Scolopacidae)

Where to see them

In summer is breeds along fast rivers and by lakes, lochs and reservoirs in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the north of England. In winter it may be seen along the south coast, and on spring and autumn passage it can be found elsewhere in the UK, near any freshwater areas and on some estuaries.

When to see them

Summer visitors arrive in March and April and leave the breeding grounds in July and August, with the young following in September. Autumn passage birds are seen from July to September and wintering birds can be seen from October onwards.

What they eat

Insects

Population

EuropeUK breeding*UK wintering*UK passage*
-15,000 pairs73 birds-

Distribution

Key

In the UK
Mainly in the north and west

Audio

Niels Krabbe, Xeno-canto

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