Common Greenshank

      Tringa nebularia

      Information

      Common Greenshanks often give themselves away with loud, powerful calls. They migrate across land-locked countries in a broad front, regularly resting in our country in spring and autumn. Passage migrants may sometimes be observed catching fish. They dash after small fish with an open beak and often turn on their own axis to make a lightning strike.

      Voice

      Status (in CH)
      regular, scarce migrant, extremely rare winter visitor
      Annual cycle
      The bar on the top line indicates during which seasons the species can be observed regularly in Switzerland. There can be great seasonal fluctuations of numbers. The middle bar indicates the typical migration seasons of a species. The bottom bar indicates the period during which the species normally breeds. As a rule it spans the period from egg-laying to fledging of the young.
      Annual cycle
      Annual cycle

      Facts

      Population size in Switzerland (Pairs)
      -
      Migration behaviour
      predominantly long-distance migrant
      Diurnal/nocturnal migrant
      Diurnal and nocturnal migrant
      Length (cm)
      30-33
      wing span (cm)
      55-62
      Weight (g)
      140-270
      Nest site
      ground
      Food
      earthworms, crustaceans, insects
      Group
      Sandpipers and allies
      Habitat
      wetlands, lakes, rivers & streams, farmland
      Distribution
      Distribution
      Distribution