- an Old World shore bird, Tringa nebularia, having green legs.
Origin of greenshank
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The Greenshank breeds very locally in Scotland, and is best known to us at its more or less inland nesting stations.British Sea Birds
So it is little wonder that of the actual courtship of the greenshank we have hardly anything on record.
When singing, the greenshank rises fairly high—sometimes very high—above the moor and starts by soaring, head to wind, of course.
They are rather handsomely marked and are practically indistinguishable from eggs of the European greenshank.
- a large European sandpiper, Tringa nebularia, with greenish legs and a slightly upturned bill
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