Unsorted Wild Birds

Shanks and Tattlers

The shanks and tattlers are waders with medium-length bills and long, often brightly colored legs.

Unlike other waders that will usually probe in the mud for prey, shanks will chase visible prey.

The Shanks and Tattlers are also more commonly found in freshwater environments than other waders.

Depending on the species, they will either nest on the ground or in trees, sometimes using nests of other birds (including thrushes.


  • Genus Xenus
  • Genus Actitis
  • Genus Tringa
    • Green Sandpiper, Tringa ochropus
    • Solitary Sandpiper, Tringa solitaria
    • Grey-tailed Tattler, Tringa brevipes – formerly Heteroscelus brevipes
    • Wandering Tattler, Tringa incana – formerly Heteroscelus incanus
    • Spotted Redshank, Tringa erythropus
    • Greater Yellowlegs, Tringa melanoleuca
    • Common Greenshank, Tringa nebularia
    • Willet, Tringa semipalmata – formerly Catoptrophorus semipalmatus
    • Lesser Yellowlegs, Tringa flavipes
    • Spotted Greenshank, Tringa guttifer
    • Marsh Sandpiper, Tringa stagnatilis
    • Common Redshank, Tringa totanus
    • Wood Sandpiper, Tringa glareola

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Gordon Ramel

Gordon is an ecologist with two degrees from Exeter University. He's also a teacher, a poet and the owner of 1,152 books. Oh - and he wrote this website.

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