175 (Common) Redshank
(Tringa totanus)


24-27cm Commonest medium-sized wader in most of region. Red legs and bill-base (shared only by Spotted Redshank, but beware that some Ruffs can be similar, having orange-red legs and bill-base). In all plumages, brownish above, with streaked breast and flanks, and whitish eye-ring and fore-supercilium. In flight, pointed white rump and diagnostic broad white trailing edge to wing obvious. Adult summer: Upperparts and underparts with irregular, coarse dark markings; often, whitish eye-ring only prominent feature on head.


The Common Redshank in Hungary breeds with a small and decreasing population on alkali meadows, tussocky marshy meadows, flooded areas and near alkali lakes in the Great Plain and the Mezőföld. Regular spring (March-April) and sporadic autumn (August-September, occasionally October) migrant on drained fishponds and alkali lakes. Local breeders gather in flocks of various size (at certain sites up to several hundreds of birds) in June and first half of July, most of them leaving Hungary by late July.

Can be found in the following IBAs

07 BA)

175 (Common) 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