Belongs to: passage waders

Compare with: redshank

Spotted redshank Tringa erythropus

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Key facts

Delicate version of redshank with unmistakable jet black plumage in summer

Habitat: freshwater marshes and estuaries

Passage migrant and winter visitor to UK, breeding in Scandinavia

Recognition

Jet black plumage with long red legs; long thin black and red bill; 30 cm

Wades to feed, often in deep water, eating crustaceans and molluscs

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