Philomachus pugnax

A: Kemphaan


A common summer visitor to most water bodies across South Africa. Present at both inland and coastal wetlands. A large species with scalloped upperparts very prominent. Legs are normally orange, and some appear much more redder – and they can be mistaken for Common Reshank. Bill is intermediate length, and slighting decurved. One of the ‘default’ large waders in South Africa.

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