Common Greenshank (Tringa nebularia)
(aka Greater Greenshank)
Greenshank, Kangaroo Island, S.A., Australia, March 2006 - click for larger image Australia
March 2006

The Common Greenshank breeds in northern latitudes of Europe and Asia just south of the tundra in taiga and forests. Most Greenshanks migrate to sub-Saharan Africa, southern Asia and Australia during the northern winter and they are in Australia from September to April.

Greenshank, Kangaroo Island, S.A., Australia, March 2006 - click for larger image It has a longish bill showing a slight upcurve. The base of the bill and the legs are greeny-grey. It is generally white below and grey-brown above. In flight it shows a white wedge-shaped rump above a pale tail and its toes protrude beyond the tail. The dark outer wing feathers contrast with the lighter grey inner wing feathers.
Greenshank, Kangaroo Island, S.A., Australia, March 2006 - click for larger image It feeds on insects and worms as well as small fish.

You can see photos of Common Greenshank in Europe here.

Greenshank, The Coorong, S.A., Australia, March 2006 - click for larger image
Greenshank, The Coorong, S.A., Australia, March 2006 - click for larger image
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