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Common redshank standing on a post
Common redshank Tringa totanus

Totanus (Bechstein, 1803) is a generic name previously applied to various waders or shorebirds, now subsumed within Tringa. Created by Bechstein, it derives from the species name for the common redshank, described by Linnaeus in 1758 as Scolopax totanus, from “totano”, the Italian name for the bird.[1]

Birds once placed in the genus include:


  1. ^ Higgins, P.J.; & Davies, S.J.J.F. (Eds). (1996). Handbook of Australian, New Zealand and Antarctic Birds. Volume 3: Snipe to Pigeons. Oxford University Press: Melbourne. ISBN 0-19-553070-5 (page 131)