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length: 27-29 centimeters
wingspan: 45-52 centimeters


110 grams


gray-brown with bright orange legs and beak


record is 20 years


In the meadows, mostly insects, snails and worms. On the mudflats, crustaceans, shellfish and lugworms


maturity: age 1
number of eggs per nest: 4

  • Dut: Tureluur
  • Eng: Redshank
  • Fren: Chevalier gambette
  • Ger: Rotschenkel
  • Dan: Rødben
  • Nor: Rødstilk
  • Frisian: Tjirk
  • Ital: Pettegola
  • Lat: Tringa totanus
Redshank, Photo: Johan Krol


The redshank is a meadow bird, however is regularly seen on marshes and tidal flats. In the Netherlands, it makes its nest on damp grasslands and alongside ditches. The greatest numbers are seen in August and September. Afterwards, a percentage of the birds migrate south to spend the winter in the Mediterranean area. During this period, redshanks nesting in Iceland come to the Netherlands to spend the winter, so that one sees redshanks here throughout the year.

  • Protection
    Redshank, foto fitis, adriaan dijksen

    The redshank is listed on the Dutch Red List for bird species as vulnerable and threatened. When a species is on the Red List, a special species-directed regulation is taken in order to preserve it. In the case of the redshank, this means regulations for meadow management. If a field is more often tilled, drained and fertilized, redshanks are one of the first birds unable to brood.

  • Redshank Bil
    Bil as a chicken, foto fitis, adriaan dijksen

    The oldest known redshank in the Netherlands is named 'Bil'. The bird got his nickname from the man who ringed him in 1989. He was spotted again in Wieringen in 2008. He was still going strong.