Scientific Name: Philomachus pugnax
Common Name: Ruff

Identifying Features: yellow-orange legs, white underparts, greyish-black wings, long dark bill, buff coloured small head

Fun Facts:

  • This highly gregarious sandpiper is migratory and sometimes forms huge flocks in its winter grounds.
  • Plumage is highly variable; especially in breeding males, which have distinctive neck ruffs.
  • Females produce a larger proportion of males at the egg stage when they are in poor physical condition. When females are in better condition, any bias in the sex ratio is smaller or absent.


This image was clicked by Allan Hopkins – via Flickr.

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