Family Sandpipers, Snipes, Phalaropes (Scolopacidae)

Least Concern

Marsh Sandpiper (Tringa stagnatilis)


French: Chevalier stagnatile German: Teichwasserläufer Spanish: Archibebe fino

Totanus stagnatilis


, 1803,





E Romania, E Ukraine and W Russia through N Kazakhstan and S Siberia to Transbaikalia, NE China (Heilongjiang) and Ussuriland; isolated populations in Baltic States W to Poland. Winters from Mediterranean and sub-Saharan Africa through Persian Gulf and S Asia to Indonesia and Australia.

Descriptive notes

22–26 cm; 43–120 g; wingspan 55–59 cm. Small body, long legs and straightish, needle-like bill; looks like small, fine T. nebularia; wings dark,... read more


Song, given during display flights (see Breeding), a repeated “tu-ee-u tu-ee-u” or a melodious and... read more


Steppe and boreal wetlands, far inland, preferably in open marshland with fresh grassy cover;... read more

Food and feeding

Diet not well known, but includes at least small fish, crustaceans, molluscs and many insects, mostly aquatic, sometimes terrestrial;... read more


Lays late Apr to Jun. Probably monogamous. Solitary or in loose colonies; frequently together with marsh terns (Chlidonias), T... read more


Migratory. Generally scarce at stopover sites and many birds fly long distances overland on broad... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Population of W African and Palearctic winterers c. 100,000 birds; in E Africa and SW Asia 25,000–100,000 birds; SC Asia in... read more

Recommended citation

Van Gils, J., Wiersma, P. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Marsh Sandpiper (Tringa stagnatilis). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 12 December 2019).