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Nordmann's greenshank

In Thai: นกทะเลขาเขียวลายจุด, nok tha-le kaa kieow lai jud

Binomial name: Tringa guttifer, Alexander von Nordmann, 1835

Nordmann's greenshank (Tringa guttifer) or the spotted greenshank, is a wader in the large family Scolopacidae, the typical waders.


The Nordmann's greenshank is a medium-sized sandpiper, at 29–32 cm long, with a slightly upturned, bicoloured bill, and relatively short yellow legs. Breeding adults are boldly marked, with whitish spots and spangling on black upperside; heavily streaked head and upper neck; broad, blackish, crescentic spots on lower neck and breast; and darker lores.


The Nordmann's greenshank breeds in eastern Russia along the south-western and northern coasts of the Sea of Okhotsk and on Sakhalin Island. Its non-breeding range is not fully understood, but significant numbers have been recorded in South Korea, mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan on passage, and in Bangladesh, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Peninsular Malaysia in winter. It has also been recorded on passage or in winter in Japan, North Korea, India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar (which may prove to be an important part of its wintering range), Singapore, the Philippines and Indonesia. There are unconfirmed records from Nepal and Guam (to US). It probably has a population of 500–1, 000 individuals.


It is fairly aberrant and was formerly placed in the monotypic genus Pseudototanus. It is an endangered species, and was not available for molecular analyses in Pereira & Baker's study (2005) of the genus Tringa. It appears closest overall to the semipalmata-flavipes and the stagnatilis-totanus-glareola groups, though it also has some similarities to the greater yellowlegs and common greenshank.

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Scientific classification

Tringa guttifer

Common names

  • English:
    • Nordmann's greenshank
    • Spotted greenshank
  • Spanish: Archibebe moteado
  • Thai: นกทะเลขาเขียวลายจุด, nok tha-le kaa kieow lai jud

Conservation status

Endangered (IUCN3.1)

Endangered (IUCN3.1)

Range Map

Distribution map of Nordmann's greenshank, Tringa guttifer in Thailand
  • Ban Laem District, Phetchaburi
  • Bang Pu Recreation Centre
  • Hat Chao Mai National Park
  • Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park
  • Klaeng District, Rayong
  • Ko Libong
  • Laem Pak Bia
  • Mueang Chonburi District, Chonburi
  • Mueang Krabi District, Krabi
  • Mueang Phang Nga District, Phang Nga
  • Mueang Phetchaburi District, Phetchaburi
  • Mueang Samut Sakhon District, Samut Sakhon
  • Mueang Samut Songkhram District, Samut Songkhram
  • Pak Thale
  • Takua Pa District, Phang Nga
Range map of Tringa guttifer in Thailand