Photo: Martin Hale/Vireo

Common Greenshank

Tringa nebularia

A big shorebird, common in Europe and Asia. There it seems to fill the same niche as our Greater Yellowlegs; it is not too different in appearance, and it even sounds similar. Common Greenshanks show up in small numbers on the Alaskan islands, mostly during spring migration.
Family Sandpipers
A big shorebird, common in Europe and Asia. There it seems to fill the same niche as our Greater Yellowlegs; it is not too different in appearance, and it even sounds similar. Common Greenshanks show up in small numbers on the Alaskan islands, mostly during spring migration.
Photo Gallery
  • adult, breeding
  • immature (1st year)
  • adult, breeding



Text © Kenn Kaufman, adapted from
Lives of North American Birds

Illustration © David Allen Sibley.
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Songs and Calls
A sharp tew-tew-tew, all on same pitch.
Audio © Lang Elliott, Bob McGuire, Kevin Colver, Martyn Stewart and others.
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