The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Common Greenshank

Afrikaans name: Groenpootruiter

Tringa nebularia

Common Greenshank

Photo © Steven Herbert

Tringa nebularia

After breeding in the northern hemisphere during their summer the Common Greenshank flies south to places such as sub-Saharan Africa and Australia during the southern hemisphere summer. It is interesting that ornithologists have traced individual birds, by ringing them, and most of the South African population comes from Russia.

These birds are part of the group of birds known as "wading birds" as they spend most of their time in shallow water looking for food. Any area that has mud or standing water may well attract them.

The Common Greenshank catches virtually all of its food in water and mud where they catch fish, crabs, shrimps and other invertebrates.

As mentioned above they are a non-breeding visitor to South Africa.

References and further reading

Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: Martin Withers and David Hosking - Published: 2011 - Page: 88

Wildlife of the Cape Peninsula - Author: Duncan Butchart - Published: 2001 - Page: 44

Southern African Bird Names Explained - Author: Charles Clinning - Published: 1989 - Page: 145

The Birds of South Africa - Author: Hazel Stokes - Published: 1979 - Page: 19

The Birds of South Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Dr. Austin Roberts - Published: 1949 - Page: 108

Two Oceans - Author: Branch, Griffiths, Branch and Beckley - Published: 2010 - Page: 346

Wading Birds of the World - Revised edition - Author: Eric and Richard Soothill - Published: 1989 - Page: 236

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1985 - Page: 243

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1993 - Page: 239

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 1993 - Page: 178

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 2011 - Page: 186

Shorebirds - Author: P. Hayman, J. Marchant, T. Prater - Published: 1986 - Page: 325

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1975 - Page: 180

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 4th Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1981 - Page: 189

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 2nd edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1957 - Page: 141

Birds of the Transkei - Author: C.D. Quickelberge - Published: 1989 - Page: 58

Birds of the Transvaal - Author: Tarboton, Kemp and Kemp - Published: 1987 - Page: 96

Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Published: 1999 - Page: 31

Field Guide to the Birds of Kruger National Park - Author: Ian Sinclair and Ian Whyte - Published: 1991 - Page: 88

Ian Sinclairs Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair - Published: 1988 - Page: 130

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 1984 - Page: 108

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 7th Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 2000 - Page: 108

Birds of the Natal Drakensberg Park - Author: Robin Little and William Bainbridge - Published: 1992 - Page: 37

Birds of the South Western Cape - Author: Joy Frandsen - Published: 0 - Page: 94

Bird Atlas of Natal - Author: Digby Cyrus and Nigel Robson - Published: 1980 - Page: 118

Birds of Southern Africa - Kruger National Park - Author: Kenneth Newman - Published: 1985 - Page: 44

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1975 - Page: 149

A First Guide to South African Birds - 6th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1959 - Page: 149

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