Green Sandpiper

Tringa ochropus

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The green sandpiper is a medium-sized, elegant sandpiper which can be spotted feeding around the edge of freshwater marshes, lakes, gravel pits and rivers. It also likes sewage works! It bobs up and down when standing and will fly-off in a zig-zag pattern when disturbed.

How to identify

Sandpipers can be a difficult group of birds to get to grips with. Green sandpipers are blackish-green above with a bright white belly and a white rump. They are most similar to wood sandpiper and common sandpiper but are much darker than both. They have medium-length, straight, black bills and dark green legs.

Where to find it

A winter visitor and passage migrant to inland wetlands mainly in England and Wales.


When to find it

  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December
  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April

How can people help

The green sandpiper is a very rare breeding bird in the UK and is mainly seen when it visits in winter. Its wetland habitats are under threat but The Wildlife Trusts manage many wetland nature reserves for the benefit of the wildlife they support. You can help by supporting your local Trust and becoming a member; you'll find out about exciting wildlife happenings, events on your doorstep and volunteering opportunities and be helping local wildlife along the way.

Species information

Common name
Green Sandpiper
Latin name
Tringa ochropus
Wading birds
Length: 21-24cm Wingspan: 59cm Weight: 75g
Conservation status
Classified in the UK as an Amber List species under the Birds of Conservation Concern review.