Buff-breasted Sandpiper

Irish Name: Gobadán broinn-donnbhuí
Scientific name: Tryngites subruficollis
Bird Family: Sandpipers
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Conservation status

Status

A scarce passage migrant to the south and west coasts from July to October.

Identification

Buff-breasted Sandpipers look very similar to juvenile Ruff. In comparison to Ruff, Buff-breasted Sandpiper is slightly smaller, has a shorter bill and has an all dark rump. The eyes also appear larger, giving the bird a "kinder" expression. Otherwise has buffy brown coloured head and body, with a neat scaly pattern on the back and wings.

Voice

Generally silent when seen in Ireland.

Diet

Mainly worms and other insects

Breeding

Does not breed in Ireland. Buff-breasted Sandpipers breed in the extreme north of Alaska and Canada.

Wintering

On the Pampas of northern Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil.

Monitored by

Irish Wetland Bird Survey and BirdTrack.

Similar Species

Ruff

Irish Name:
Rufachán
Scientific name:
Philomachus pugnax
Bird Family:
Sandpipers