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Lives, Habitats & Pictures of the Redshanks

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There are at two types of redshanks that have been seen in North America. Both bird species are native to Eurasia and have shown up on the continent as vagrants. These are the Common Redshank and the Spotted Redshank. Both birds can be identified by their long dark orange to reddish legs.

Of the two,the Spotted Redshank is more easily recognized by its black breeding plumage, longer red bill and its long reddish legs. The Common Redshank, somewhat smaller in size and not as an attractive plumage, has a shorter red bill but also has long red legs. Both redshanks nest in the northern regions of Eurasia.

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References to Other Bird Sites:

Avibase - the world bird database

ABA - American Birding Association

AOS - The American Ornitholgy Society

ABC - American Bird Conservancy

eBird - TheCornellLab of Ornithology

NA - National Geographic

NAC - National Audubon Society

Classic Collection of North American Birds