Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria)
Solitary Sandpiper, Brazil, Sept 2000 - click for larger image Pantanal, Mato Grosso, Brazil
September 2000

The Solitary Sandpiper is the New World equivalent of the Green Sandpiper (Tringa ochropus).

Its non-breeding plumage is similar to its breeding plumage but a bit paler with the throat almost white and with smaller spots on the upperparts.

Solitary Sandpiper, Brazil, Sept 2000 - click for larger image The photos show the prominent white eye-ring and the black barring on the tail.

The Solitary Sandpiper nests in the forests of Canada and Alaska then migrates to South America starting in about July. They are the commonest shorebird in inland Brazil and, as their name suggests, they are seldom found in flocks.

There are illustrations in Hilty & Brown, Page 135, in HBW, Volume 3, Page 508, and in Shorebirds, Plate 58.

Solitary Sandpiper, Carajás, Pará, Brazil, October 2005 - click for larger image
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