The redshank is a wading bird, resident in Ireland as well as a winter visitor from Iceland. The redshank gets its name from its striking red legs. It is closely related to the marsh and wood sandpiper. Like most waders, redshanks feed on small invertebrates and will nest in any wetland, from damp meadows to salt marshes. They lay three to five eggs at a time.
It is red-listed in Ireland due to its small and declining breeding population.