Common Redshank


In winter plumage, the Common Redshanks look quite similar to the Spotted Redshank (in Dutch: Zwarte Ruiter).
However, a Common Redshank's bill is approximately 1.5x the width of the bird's head whereas the Spotted Redshank's bill is approximately 2x the width of the head.
In addition, the Spotted Redshank's bill is more slender and has a very slight downward turn at the tip (like a hanging drop).
Also the feeding of the two species is different.
The Common Redshank feeds rather sedately, walking around picking at it's food whilst the Spotted Redshank move around much more quickly usually in deeper water than one would normally find Common Redshanks.

1st & 2nd photo: An adult. Ezumakeeg, Lauwersmeer National Park, The Netherlands, 16 April 2021
3rd photo: An adult. Weversinlaag, Zierikzee, The Netherlands, 17 January 2010
4th photo: A juvenile. Spaarnwoude, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 18 July 2019
5th photo: An adult. Veerse Meer, Vrouwenpolder, The Netherlands, 12 Januari 2021

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