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either of two large common European sandpipers, Tringa totanus or T. erythropus (spotted redshank), having red legs



(Tringa totanus), a bird of the family Chara-driidae, suborder Limicolae.

The body of the redshank is about 30 cm long. Its weight is about 120 g. The back is brownish with dark markings, the upper tail coverts and abdomen are white, the breast is speckled, and the legs are orange-red. The bird is distributed in Europe and Asia. It winters in Western Europe, southern Asia, and Africa. It nests in tall grass on hillocks located in damp meadows and grassy marshes. There are four eggs in a clutch. The brooding time is 22–24 days. The redshank feeds on insects, small crustaceans, worms, mollusks, and, less frequently, berries and seeds.

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A breeding bird survey suggests lapwings have declined by about 60 per cent in Warwickshire while the redshank population remains virtually non-existent.
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Saltholme Wildlife Reserve and Discovery Park have recently been awarded pounds 49,100 from The Veolia Environmental Trust which will be used to keep water levels controlled for three species of birds that have made their home there -lapwings, redshanks and snipe.
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