Wildlife in Italy: Pantana Tringa nebularia Gunnerus, 1767

Wildlife in Italy: Pantana Tringa nebularia Gunnerus, 1767

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Systematic classification and distribution

Class: Birds
Order: Caradriformi
Family: sandpipers
Kind: Triga
Species: T. nebularia Gunnerus, 1767

The Pantana nests throughout northern Eurasia, in winter it migrates south to Ceylon and New Zealand. In Italy it is a partially wintering and double-step species, from late August to the end of September, and from mid-March to late April.

Tringa nebularia has two subspecies:
- T. nebularia glottoides
- T. nebularia nebularia

Pantana - Tringa nebularia (photo

Pantana - Tringa nebularia (photo

Pantana - Tringa nebularia

Distinctive characters

Length: 33-37 cm
Wingspan: 54-63 cm

M Does not exhibit sexual dimorphism. In the summer plumage it has a gray brown color in the upper parts with some lighter lighter speckles and other blackish spots. The chest is white with a covering of dense blackish speckles that gradually fade towards the white abdomen. The legs are yellow green and the beak slightly curved upwards is gray blue at the base and blackish towards the tip. In the winter dress the coloring is more uniform on the back and also the mottling on the chest becomes more nuanced and fine and the legs are gray-green. Young people look like adults in winter clothes but are darker on the back. In flight and in all clothes, it shows dark wings without appreciable bars and a white overcoat and rump. The tail towards the end has a strikethrough. Observing it from afar from often the impression of an almost uniformly gray bird in the upper parts.


It feeds on annelids, small crustaceans, molluscs, amphibians. It feeds in shallow water, probing the bottom with the long beak. It is a rather gregarious species during winter and migrations. It feeds by looking for food by walking in shallow water.

Video: Common Greenshank, Pantana comune Tringa nebularia (May 2022).