Spotted Sandpiper

Actitis macularius (Linnaeus, 1766) PQ SPOSA 5570
Family: Charadriiformes > Scolopacidae

Spotted Sandpiper, Simon Gillings

The Nearctic counterpart of Common Sandpiper (which it closely resembles) is a scarce, but annual, visitor to Britain & Ireland. Remarkably, a pair of Spotted Sandpipers nested on Skye in 1975, though failed at the egg stage.

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  • Breeding
  • Winter
3.6k records observations recorded by BTO surveyors
3.6k records



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Status and Trends

Population size and trends and patterns of distribution based on BTO surveys and atlases with data collected by BTO volunteers.


This species can be found on the following statutory and conservation listings and schedules.


We have no population estimates for this scarce species.


This species is a rare vagrant and was recorded during Bird Atlas 2007–11 as shown on the map.

Occupied 10-km squares in UK


This vagrant is too rarely reported to map distribution change.


Spotted Sandpiper is a rare vagrant that can be encountered at any time of the year.

Weekly occurence of Spotted Sandpiper from BirdTrack
Weekly occurrence patterns (shaded cells) and reporting rates (vertical bars) based on BirdTrack data. Reporting rates give the likelihood of encountering the species each week.


Information about movement and migration based on online bird portals (e.g. BirdTrack), Ringing schemes and tracking studies.


View a summary of recoveries in the Online Ringing Report.


Lifecycle and body size information about Spotted Sandpiper, including statistics on nesting, eggs and lifespan based on BTO ringing and nest recording data.


Sample sizes are too small to report Productivity and Nesting statistics for this species.


Sample sizes are too small to report Biometrics for this species.

Feather measurements and photos on featherbase


For information in another language (where available) click on a linked name

Gaelic: Luatharan-breac
Welsh: Pibydd Brych
Catalan: xivitona maculada
Czech: pisík americký
Danish: Plettet Mudderklire
Dutch: Amerikaanse Oeverloper
Estonian: ameerika vihitaja e. ameerika jõgitilder
Finnish: amerikansipi
French: Chevalier grivelé
German: Drosseluferläufer
Hungarian: pettyes billegetocankó
Icelandic: Dílastelkur
Irish: Gobadán Breac
Italian: Piro piro macchiato
Latvian: punktaina tilbite
Lithuanian: demetasis krantinis tilvikas
Norwegian: Flekksnipe
Polish: brodziec plamisty
Portuguese: maçarico-pintado
Slovak: kalužiacik škvrnitý
Slovenian: ameriški mali martinec
Spanish: Andarríos maculado
Swedish: fläckdrillsnäppa

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