174 Spotted Redshank
(Tringa erythropus)


29-33cm Like Redshank, but outline slimmer and more elegant, with slightly longer legs and longer, finer bill which has distinctive but very subtle downward droop near tip; also, red on bill restricted to base of lower mandible. Winter and juvenile plumages show much more clear-cut white fore-supercilium. When feeding, typically wades more deeply than Redshank, often swims and upends. Flight dashingly fast and direct; wings plain, with white rump extending in thin ‘slit’ far up back. Summer plumage: male all black (with fine white speckling above); legs blackish. Female similar, but with extensive white flecking on flanks, belly, undertail-coverts.


It is common in Hungary in spring (March-May) and autumn (August-November) transient to fishponds, alkali lakes and flooded grasslands. The largest flocks appear on newly drained fishponds on the Great Plain in autumn, but transients in spring are also numerous. Small flocks regularly oversummer.

Can be found in the following IBAs

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174 Spotted Redshank pic

© Graphics by Szabolcs Kókay

Source: 1) Lovászi Péter (editor): Javasolt különleges madárvédelmi területek Magyarországon, Magyar Madártani és Természetvédelmi Egyesület, 2002; 2) BirdLife International:IUCN Red List for birds. Species factsheet; 3) Králl Attila, Nagy Károly: Fontos Madárélőhelyek Magyarországon (Területek, kritériumok és minősítő fajok) MME Monitoring Központ, 2007; 4) Szabolcs Kókay bird illustrations; 5) www.hungarianbirdwatching.com bird descriptions and checklists, 2004-2012; 6) Lars Svensson et al.: Collins Bird Guide: The Most Complete Guide to the Birds of Britain and Europe 2nd Edition, Harper Collins, 2010; 7) MME Nomenclator Bizottság: Nomenclator avium Hungariae. An annotated list of the birds of Hungary. Magyar Madártani és Természetvédelmi Egyesület, 2008