What is a greenshank?

Greenshank - is a little bird with a long beak and olive green legs a member of a group of birds known as sandpipers. The greenshank breeds in Scotland, Norway, Sweden and Finland. It builds its nest on the ground being content usually to settle in a small hollow lined with heather or dry grass. The eggs are pale buff or stone colour blotched with purplish grey and spotted with dark brown. Worms, insects and tiny fish provide the bird's food. In winter the greenshank migrates sometimes as far south as Australia or South Africa.

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