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Birding Málaga


Common name Common redshank
Scientific name Tringa totanus
Type Waterbirds
Status Migrator

Mid-sized wader bird (approx 27 cm or 10.5 in). Grey-brown plumage with a sharply mottled breast in summer (more lightened in winter). Long and red legs. Long, straight bi-coloured bill, red at the base and black in the tip. In flight there is a clear band at the back edge of the wings and a clear wedge at the end of the back. Short tail with dark transverse stripes.



Where it lives

Inland and coastal waters with plenty of vegetation cover. Edges of channels and saline lagoons.

How it lives

Wintering species in the province that enters the summer period as a migrant, but without breeding in Malaga. Nest on the ground. One laying of 3 to 5 eggs at the end of April. It feeds on insects, snails, worms, molluscs and crustaceans that it catches by poking around the silt.

Where it can be seen in Malaga

It can be watched in areas with coastal rock fields such as Calaburras. In the mouths of the Guadalhorce and Vélez rivers and in the Fuente de Piedra and Campillos lagoons. Mouths of coastal rivers, such as the Guadaiza.

Curious facts

Redshanks are scary birds that at the slightest sign of human presence or danger emerge in terror singing their warning, a melancholic and repetitive song.

Routes where it can be observed
Wintering Summer Resident Migration