Name: Greenshank

Scientific name: Tringa nebularia

Category: Birds

Nature Stars: 50

What are nature stars?

About: A large, elegant sandpiper, about 32cm long. Adults are olivey grey above and silvery white below, with dark streaking on the breast. Greenshank have a long slightly upturned greyish bill and long grey-green legs. Greenshank feed in shallow, often chasing

How to identify: Told from the two similar sized redshanks by the colour of the legs. Smaller and more silvery coloured than godwits.

Where: A scarce visitor on migration and rare winter visitor to shallow wetlands inland and around the coast. Nests on the boggy 'flow country' of northern Scotland.

Natural Superpowers

  • Predator: 40
  • Agility: 60
  • Rarity: 50
  • Cute factor: 50
  • Traveller: 80

Fantastic fact: A second species of Greenshank, the endangered Noordmann's Greenshank breeds in eastern Russia and winters around China, Korea and south-east Asia.

Photograph credit: Photo credit tbc


  • Foxalas
    • Date: 2010-10-10 10:29:03
    • Foxalas

    I have seen one of these!!!