The Common Redshank or simply Redshank (Tringa totanus) is an Eurasian wader in the large family Scolopacidae.
Common Redshanks in breeding plumage are a marbled brown color, slightly lighter below. In winter plumage they become somewhat lighter-toned and less patterned, being rather plain greyish-brown above and whitish below. They have red legs and a black-tipped red bill, and show white up the back and on the wings in flight.
It is a widespread breeding bird across temperate Eurasia. It is a migratory species, wintering on coasts around the Mediterranean, on the Atlantic coast of Europe from Great Britain southwards, and in South Asia. They are uncommon vagrants outside these areas; on Palau in Micronesia for example, the species was recorded in the mid-1970s and in 2000 m height.
They are wary and noisy birds which will alert everything else with their loud piping call. Redshanks will nest in any wetland, from damp meadows to saltmarsh, often at high densities. They lay 3-5 eggs.
It is widely distributed and quite plentiful in some regions, and thus not considered a threatened species by the IUCN.
Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_Redshank – 20.11.2008
The Common Redshank is a bird, whose beauty is not noticed until looking closer:
the gentle design of the plumage, the compact looking shape, including the round head and the long acute bill...