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 barred tail. In winter they have a grey back and paler under parts, with a more prominent eye stripe than a redshank and lacking a redshank's white wing bars.
They migrate from northern European across and northern Siberian breeding areas, to winter in Europe, Africa, China and South-east Asia. They are a relatively scarce wintering species in the UK, with more than half the population found at fewer than ten sites, making them an Amber List species.
What they eat:
Insect larvae, shrimps, small fish and worms.
- UK wintering:
- 98 birds
- UK passage:
- 540 birds
This bird species has different identifying features depending on sex/age/season.