Family Sandpipers, Snipes, Phalaropes (Scolopacidae)

Least Concern

Spotted Redshank (Tringa erythropus)


French: Chevalier arlequin German: Dunkler Wasserläufer Spanish: Archibebe oscuro

Scolopax erythropus


, 1764,

the Netherlands




N Scandinavia and NW Russia across N Siberia to Chukotskiy Peninsula. Winters from W Europe through Mediterranean to equatorial Africa, and E through Persian Gulf and India to SE Asia, SE China and Taiwan.

Descriptive notes

29–32 cm; 97–230 g; wingspan 61–67 cm. Elegant wader, with long neck, legs and bill; entirely black, with white dots on upperparts, and often variable... read more


Song, which is given mainly in flight (but also from ground) comprises short bouts of “tee-u” or... read more


Open wooded tundra, swampy pine or birch forest near treeline, and more open areas such as... read more

Food and feeding

Chiefly aquatic insects and their larvae, terrestrial flying insects, small crustaceans, molluscs, polychaete worms, fish and amphibians,... read more


Lays mid May to late Jun. Monogamous, but pair-bond typically very short-lived; apparently sometimes polyandrous. Rather patchy dispersion... read more


Migratory. Passage overland on broad front, although also important route along W coast of Europe.... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). European and W African population numbers 75,000–150,000 birds (1994); 23,000–40,000 birds breed in Fennoscandia (1993),... read more

Recommended citation

Van Gils, J., Wiersma, P. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Spotted Redshank (Tringa erythropus). 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 26 February 2020).