Wood Sandpiper
Wood Sandpipers
Wood Sandpiper
Wood Sandpiper (Spring)
Scientific Name 
Tringa glareola
Arabic Name 
طيطوى الغيط
Kuwaiti name 
56.0 cm
20.0 cm
Least Concern
Similar species 


Common passage migrant, rare winter visitor and scarce summer visitor. One of the most abundant and widespread Palearctic breeding Tringa sandpipers, usually preferring inland waters, often on farmland puddles and small wetlands. Highest daily count of 482 recorded in early May 2005.
Where in Kuwait 
More commonly found in and around saline and freshwater pools wherever this habitat is found in Kuwait. It rarely occurs in coastal habitats, but may be found around salt-marshes. They forage by probing in shallow water or on wet mud, and mainly eat insects and similar small prey.
In the world 
It has an extremely large range with a stable population and is a full migrant, travelling overland on a broad front across Europe and the Middle East. It breeds in subarctic wetlands from the Scottish Highlands across Europe and Asia and migrates to Africa, Southern Asia, particularly India, and Australia.
Local threats 
Loss of habitat and pollution