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The Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria), while not truly solitary, does not migrate in large flocks the way other shorebirds do. It is one of only two sandpipers that regularly lays its eggs in a tree nest instead of on the ground – the other is the Green Sandpiper of Eurasia. Its habit of nesting in the abandoned nests of other birds is unique among North American shorebirds, which generally nest on the ground. This medium-sized sandpiper has brown wings with little light dots; pale-spotted, dark brown back and rump; white underparts with streaks on neck and sides, dark head and a bold white eyering. It has a black tail with conspicuous black-and-white barred edges; olive-green bill, legs and feet.
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