Habitat: Gravel and ballast banks
Class: Birds


Hidididi! Loud and shrill is the call of the Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos). Its habitat is the Wild river. Here, where the water is constantly rushing, he has to come up with tricks to communicate with his fellow species. Similar to the White wagtail he is constantly swaying with his whole body.

Sandpipers can Diving and swimming. They often fly only just above the surface of the water and several flat wing beats follow between gliding phases with wings bent downwards. For its nest, the sandpiper seeks cover in the willow vegetation on the banks. But its chicks don't have much time to nest. They are Nest fugitivewhich leave the breeding hollow shortly after hatching, as floods can quickly change the situation on the Tiroler Lech.

The common sandpiper is found practically all over Europe. Nevertheless, it is a protected and endangered species. The most important population in Austria lives on the Tyrolean Lech.

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