029 Common Sandpiper

The Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos) is 18-20 cm long small shorebird with grayish-brown upperparts, white underparts, dark tipped pale based bill, and dark yellowish legs and feet. In summer, large flocks of the species breed in Palearctic ecozone comprising the terrestrial regions of Europe, Asia north of the Himalaya foothills, northern Africa, and the northern and central parts of the Arabian Peninsula; in winter it migrates to southern Europe, tropical Asia and Africa. They nest on the ground near freshwater; the female lays 4 yellowish eggs with fine brown red speckles.