Common Greenshank ( Tringa nebularia, family: Scolopacidae)

Birds & Birding in the Kruger National Park South Africa. In Roberts 6 this bird was called Greenshank

common green shank kruger national park birds The Common Greenshank (Latin name Tringa nebularia) is described in Roberts Birds of Southern Africa, 7th Edition. This bird has a unique Roberts number of 270 and you will find a full description of this bird on page 354 also a picture of the Common Greenshank on page 368. The Common Greenshank belongs to the family of birds classified as Scolopacidae.

In the previous edition of Roberts (ie 6th edition) the Common Greenshank was called the Greenshank

The map of the Kruger you see on this page shows the areas (coloured orange) where this bird has been identified. The basic information was provided by the Avian Demographic Unit based at UCT and I created the maps from that information ... the green dots show the locations of the various Kruger National Park Rest Camps

The Common Greenshank is neither Endemic or near Endemic to the Kruger National Park. It is however a common summer visitor

In terms of distribution of the Common Greenshank in the Kruger National Park you may not see it in all areas. Common Greenshank : see above distribution map.

The Common Greenshank.

Identification assistance for this avian species ...

The Common Greenshank is a bird a little bit bigger than a starling. The height of the Common Greenshank is about 33 cms and its weight is about 170 gms

The male and female Common Greenshank have the same plumage and colours

  • Head is white.
  • Eye is brown.
  • Bill is brown.
  • Throat is white.
  • Back is brown.
  • Legs are yellow.

This bird has long legs.

Main diet items for this bird ...

The Common Greenshank feeds in or around water mainly


Aquatic life forms

Breeding and nesting habits for this bird ...

The Common Greenshank takes on more than a single mate (it is bigamous).

The nesting habit of Common Greenshank is extra limital

Habitat and flocking behaviour for this bird ...

The preferred habitats for Common Greenshank are: wetlands and riverine areas

Names of this avian species in other languages ...

Xhosa ... Uphendu

Zulu ... Unknown

Afrikaans ...Groenpootruiter

German ... Grnschenkel

Portuguese ... Perna-verde-comum

French ... Chevalier aboyeur

Dutch ... Groenpootruiter

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For in-depth birding information please refer to these authoritative avian references ...

Robert's 7th edition number ... 270

The main reference source for this data was "Roberts - Birds of Southern Africa, 7th Edition" . Other references were "Newmans Birds of the Kruger Park" by Keith Newman published circa 1980 . Names in foreign languages were obtained from the Percy Fitzpatrick Institute of African Ornithology, University of Cape Town website ,