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The Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos) is a small Palearctic wader, that breeds across most of temperate and subtropical Europe and Asia, then migrates to Africa, southern Asia and Australia in winter.

Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos), Alice Springs Sewage Ponds © Dorothy Latimer
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos), Alice Springs Sewage Ponds © Dorothy Latimer
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos), Alice Springs Sewage Ponds © Dorothy Latimer
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos), Alice Springs Sewage Ponds © Dorothy Latimer

The Common Sandpiper has greyish-brown upperparts, white underparts, short dark-yellowish legs and feet, and a bill with a pale base and dark tip. The winter plumage is duller, with more conspicuous barring on the wings. The juveniles are more heavily barred above and have buff edges to the wing feathers. The adult bird is 18–20 cm long with a 32–35 cmwingspan.

Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos), Alice Springs Sewage Ponds © Dorothy Latimer
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos), Alice Springs Sewage Ponds © Dorothy Latimer
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos), Alice Springs Sewage Ponds © Dorothy Latimer
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos), Alice Springs Sewage Ponds © Dorothy Latimer
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos), Alice Springs Sewage Ponds © Dorothy Latimer
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos), Alice Springs Sewage Ponds © Dorothy Latimer
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos), Alice Springs Sewage Ponds © Dorothy Latimer
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos), Alice Springs Sewage Ponds © Dorothy Latimer

The photographs presented here were taking over the years in the month of August, September, October and November.

Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos), Alice Springs Sewage Ponds © Dorothy Latimer
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos), Alice Springs Sewage Ponds © Dorothy Latimer

  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Subphylum: Vertebrata
  • Informal: Gnathostomata
  • Class: Aves
  • Order: Charadriiformes
  • Family: Scolopacidae
  • Subfamily: Tringinae
  • Genus: Actitis
  • Species: Actitis hypoleucos
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos), Alice Springs Sewage Ponds © Dorothy Latimer
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos), Alice Springs Sewage Ponds © Dorothy Latimer

Footnote & References

  1. Actitis hypoleucos (Linnaeus, 1758), Common Sandpiper, Atlas of Living Australia, https://bie.ala.org.au/species/https://biodiversity.org.au/afd/taxa/abeb5bf8-d03e-4b33-a1ea-bcfc0695102c

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