How to identify

The Spotted Redshank is a medium sized elegant wading bird, slightly larger than a Redshank. In summer plumage, the adults are almost entirely black, save for some white spotting on the wings, a white wedge on the back showing clearly in flight and a striped tail. In winter, they have a grey back and paler under parts, with a more prominent eye stripe than a Redshank and they don't share the Redshank's white wing stripes. They migrate from northern European and Siberian breeding areas to winter in Europe, Africa, China and south-east Asia. They are a relatively rare wintering species in the UK, with more than half the population found at fewer than ten sites, making them an Amber List species.


Spotted Redshank

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.
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