The Marsh Sandpiper is a medium sized member of the Tringinae family. It has a length of 22–26 cm, a wingspan of 40–45 cm and a weight of 70 g. In all plumages the species shows a contrasting outerwing, a very pale whitish tail and a bold white wedge up the back. They occur singly or in small to large flocks. They often associate with other waders and are often seen with Greenshanks, especially in saltfields. They may feed in tight co-ordinated groups, and sometimes feed with other wading birds.
Marsh Sandpiper, Little Greenshank |
Government evidence of impact of climate change:
Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, Species Profile and Threats Database, Tringa stagnatilis
Threats Top Global threats There are a number of threats that affect migratory shorebirds in the East Asian Australasian Flyway.
Global warming and associated changes in sea level are likely to have a long term impact on the breeding; staging and non breeding grounds of migratory waders (Harding et al. 2007).