Sunday, March 9, 2008

13. Common Sandpiper

Sighted: 6th November 2003
Location: Kannur Lake, Dodda Gubbi
Scientific Name: Actitis hypoleucos
Length: 18 - 20 cm
Wingspan: 32 - 35 cm

A small wader. Adults have greyish brown upperparts, white underparts, short yellowish legs and a bill with a pale base and dark tip. Juveniles are barred above and have buff edges to the wing feathers.

Breeds across most of Europe and Asia. It nests on the ground near fresh water.
It migrates to Africa, southern Asia and Australia.

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