Common Greenshank (Breeding plumage)
Common Greenshank (Winter)
Scientific Name 
Tringa nebularia
Arabic Name 
الطيطوى خضراء الساق
Kuwaiti name 
69.0 cm
32.0 cm
Least Concern
Similar species 


Common passage migrant, uncommon winter visitor. A bird of mudflats and muddy shorelines, even in inland pools. Up to 80 recorded in mid March 1966 in Kuwait Bay. The largest of the Palearctic Tringa sandpipers.
Where in Kuwait 
On migration this species occurs on inland flooded farmlands, sandbars and marshes in and around the coast in the Jahra area and the calls of the include a loud, ringing tchew-tchew-tchew which is very distinctive amongst other waders it may be associating with.
In the world 
It has an extremely large range with a stable population and is a full migrant, travelling overland on a broad front between its breeding grounds in central Asia (Russia and Siberia), and its wintering grounds in sub-Saharan Africa, southern Asia, Indonesia and Australia. It is the largest species in the genus Tringa.
Local threats 
Habitat loss through reclamation of mudflats for development and oil pollution.