Marsh Sandpiper ( Tringa stagnatilis, family: Scolopacidae)

marsh sand piper kruger national park birds The Marsh Sandpiper (Latin name Tringa stagnatilis) is described in Roberts Birds of Southern Africa, 7th Edition. This bird has a unique Roberts number of 269 and you will find a full description of this bird on page 353 also a picture of the Marsh Sandpiper on page 368. The Marsh Sandpiper belongs to the family of birds classified as Scolopacidae.

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 Marsh Sandpiper is neither Endemic or near Endemic to the Kruger National Park. It is however a common summer visitor

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

The Marsh Sandpiper.

Identification assistance for this avian species ...

The Marsh Sandpiper is a bird about the same size as a starling. The height of the Marsh Sandpiper is about 26 cms and its weight is about 70 gms

The male and female Marsh Sandpiper have the same plumage and colours

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

This bird has long legs.

Main diet items for this bird ...

The Marsh Sandpiper feeds in or around water mainly


Aquatic life forms

Breeding and nesting habits for this bird ...

The Marsh Sandpiper takes on more than a single mate (it is bigamous).

The nesting habit of Marsh Sandpiper is extra limital

Habitat and flocking behaviour for this bird ...

The preferred habitats for Marsh Sandpiper are: wetlands and riverine areas

Names of this avian species in other languages ...

Xhosa ... Unknown

Zulu ... Unknown

Afrikaans ...Moerasruiter

German ... Teichwasserlufer

Portuguese ... Perna-verde-fino

French ... Chevalier stagnatile

Dutch ... Poelruiter

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

Robert's 7th edition number ... 269

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 ,