Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Actitis Hypoleucos

Sent by Jane, a postcrosser from Taiwan. This postcard shows a species of bird known as Common Sandpiper or it's scientific name of Actitis hypoleucos.

This is from Wikipedia : The Common Sandpiper, Actitis hypoleucos, is a small Palearctic wader. This bird and its American sister species, the Spotted Sandpiper (A. macularia), make up the genus Actitis. They are parapatric and replace each other geographically; stray birds of either species may settle down with breeders of the other and hybridize. Hybridization has also been reported between the Common Sandpiper and the Green Sandpiper, a basal species of the closely related shank genus Tringa.

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