The Wood Sandpiper is a small thin wader and member of the Tringinae family. The species has a length of 19–23 cm, a wingspan of 56–57 cm and a weight of 55 g. The species has a short straight bill and long legs. It is similiar in size to the Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Calidris acuminata, however has a longer neck and slimmer build, slightly longer, straighter bill and longer legs. The species is a dark grey-brown or plain brown above and spotted pailer and white below with a greyish wash on the breast. It has dark streaking on the foreneck and breasts as well as some barring on the fore-flanks. In all plumages the species shows a white supercilium, extending well behind the eye with greenish or yellow legs (Higgins & Davies 1996).
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Government evidence of impact of climate change:
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IUCN Red List Assessment, Tringa glareola
The populations in southern Sweden; Germany and Poland have also declined; possibly due to the threats of climatic change (del Hoyo et al. 1996).
Long distance migration timing of Tringa sandpipers adjusted to recent climate change.