This species breeds on coastal saltmarshes, inland wet grasslands, grassy marshes, swampy heathlands and swampy moors.
Redshanks hunt for insects, earthworms, molluscs and crustaceans by probing their bills into soil and mud.
They display to the females by flapping their wings, following them around and calling out.
The nest is just a shallow depression on the ground, concealed near or under vegetation. The male builds the base and the female lines it with twigs and leaves. On average 4, eggs are laid. Both parents incubate, for usually 22-25 days. Around a day after they hatch, the young disperse from the nest to feed themselves, although the parents keep a watchful eye on them. The male stays to look after the young until they fledge at about a month old. Sometimes, the parents split up the chicks between them, raising them separately.
Threats include changes in habitat quality and increasing disturbance of Redshanks by walkers, dogs and horse riders.
Not seen as threatened although falling in numbers due to loss of breeding sites. Classed as Least Concern.
- Latin Name: Tringa totanus
- Class: Birds
- IUCN status: Least Concern
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