Name: Ruff

Scientific name: Philomachus pugnax

Category: Birds

Nature Stars: 60

What are nature stars?

About: A large sandpiper, about 26cm long (males up to 30cm). Non-breeding birds are pale fawn-brown all over with a paler belly. Ruff have a short slightly downcurved bill and yellowy-orange legs. Ruff are typical waders, feeding in shallow water around lakes,

How to identify: Sandpipers can be a difficult group of birds to get to grips with. Ruff are faily plain looking waders, with a longish neck but small head.

Where: A very rare breeding bird of wet grasslands in East Anglia. Fairly common on migration at wetlands throughout the country.

Natural Superpowers

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

Fantastic fact: Female Ruff are called Reeves and are much smaller than their mates.

Photograph credit: Photo credit tbc

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