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Solitary Sandpiper Tringa solitaria

  • Order: Charadriiformes
  • Family: Scolopacidae
  • Polytypic: 2 subspecies
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Photos from this Account

Breeding adult

Medium-sized slender shorebird with a prominent eyering. Small white spots mark the back.

Nonbreeding adult

Medium-sized shorebird with a prominent white eyering. Nonbreeding birds look similar to breeding birds, but have smaller spots on the back.

Breeding adult

In flight note dark stripe down the center of the tail and barred outer tail feathers. Also note dark underwings (not visible in photo).

Breeding adult

Generally found alone or in small numbers on freshwater ponds and flooded fields. Note prominent eyering and white spotting on back.

Breeding adult

Nods head while walking. Note complete white eyering.


When lands often holds its wings straight up before slowly bringing them back down.


During migration and winter found along freshwater ponds, stream edges, temporary pools, flooded ditches, and fields, more commonly in wooded regions, less frequently on mudflats and open marshes.

Recommended Citation

Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: