How to identify

The Green Sandpiper is a wader whose dark, almost black, upperparts contrast with its pale underparts and white rump. It frequently bobs up and down when standing. It often appears nervous and will take off when disturbed. It looks like a large House Martin when in the air – look out for its low zig-zagging flight


Green Sandpiper

Patrik Åberg / xeno-canto


  1. Resident
  2. Passage
  3. Summer
  4. Winter
* This map is intended as a guide. It shows general distribution rather than detailed, localised populations.
  1. Jan
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  3. Mar
  4. Apr
  5. May
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  11. Nov
  12. Dec

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