Alice Springs Waste Stabilisation Ponds
A medium-sized wader and of the order Calidridinae, the Ruff (Calidris pugnax) is a unique shorebird with a short bill that has a very slight down curve.
The Ruff is found breeding in tundra habitats, bogs, marshes and wet meadows across northern Eurasia. Migrants are found in a number of wetland habitat from reservoirs to coastal mudflats. Whilst they winter mainly in Africa, they are also found across India and Southeast Asia, with the occasional vagrant sighting in Australia, including Tasmania and Alice Springs (the arid inland of Central Australia). They have been sighted in Australia between September to April.
The photographs shown here were taking in the month of October.
- Scientific classification
- Kingdom: Animalia
- Phylum: Chordata
- Subphylum: Vertebrata
- Class: Aves
- Order: Charadriiformes
- Family: Scolopacidae
- Genus: Calidris
- Species: Calidris pugnax
Footnote & References
- Ruff (bird), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruff_(bird) (last visited Oct. 22, 2021)
- Ruff (Calidris pugnax), eBird, https://ebird.org/species/ruff
- Ruff (Calidris pugnax), iNaturalistAU, https://inaturalist.ala.org.au/taxa/339593-Calidris-pugnax
- Philomachus pugnax — Ruff (Reeve), Species Profile and Threats Database, Australian Government, http://www.environment.gov.au/cgi-bin/sprat/public/publicspecies.pl?taxon_id=850
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