Snipes, Sandpipers and Phalaropes (Scolopacidae)

Common Redshank (Tringa totanus) - HBW 3, p. 509

French: Chevalier gambette German: Rotschenkel Spanish: Archibebe Común
Other common names: Redshank

Taxonomy: Scolopax Totanus Linnaeus, 1758, Sweden.
Increasing evidence for separation of population of British Is and Netherlands as race britannica, as was earlier suggested. Birds from S portions of European range have sometimes been awarded race bewickii. Six subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • robusta (Schiøler, 1919) - Iceland, Faeroes and possibly Scotland; winters in British Is and W Europe.
  • totanus (Linnaeus, 1758) - Orkney, Shetland and N Scandinavia S to Iberian Peninsula, N Italy, Tunisia and Turkey, and E to W Siberia; winters from Mediterranean to tropical Africa, India and Indonesia.
  • ussuriensis Buturlin, 1934 - S Siberia and Mongolia E to N Manchuria and Russian Far East; winters from E Mediterranean and E Africa through Red Sea, Persian Gulf and Arabia to W India, and probably also farther E.

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  • robusta (Schiøler, 1919) - Iceland, Faeroes and possibly Scotland; winters in British Is and W Europe.
  • totanus (Linnaeus, 1758) - Orkney, Shetland and N Scandinavia S to Iberian Peninsula, N Italy, Tunisia and Turkey, and E to W Siberia; winters from Mediterranean to tropical Africa, India and Indonesia.
  • ussuriensis Buturlin, 1934 - S Siberia and Mongolia E to N Manchuria and Russian Far East; winters from E Mediterranean and E Africa through Red Sea, Persian Gulf and Arabia to W India, and probably also farther E.
  • terrignotae R. & A. C. Meinertzhagen, 1926 - S Manchuria; winters in SE & E Asia.
  • craggi Hale, 1971 - NW Xinjiang (NW China); wintering grounds unknown, but probably in E China.
  • eurhinus (Oberholser, 1900) - Pamirs, N India and C & S Tibet; winters in India.