Ruff – Calidris pugnax



This is quite a peculiar bird as it has three different sorts of males or rather appearance of males. When in the mating season the majority of ruff males grows a spectacular breeding plumage. Most of the ruffs grow dark plumage but others have light plumage and a minority of the male ruffs looks like the females. This ruff is seen at Högholmen – Korkeasaari in Helsinki zoo in Finland in the middle of November 2016. The legs are light orange so it could be a female. More about it on wikipedia at

More critters at Camera Critters and Saturday’s Critters and more winged pictures at Wild Bird Wednesday and  The BIRD D’Pot .





9 thoughts on “Ruff – Calidris pugnax

    • Thank you! We read the sign and realized this was a peculiar bird. I would like to see this bird in the wild or if I could return to the zoo in the spring. I wish you a wonderful weekend!


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