Redshanks in Iceland are birds of similar size like Plover. The name Redshank comes from the bright red legs. The coloring of both genders is similar. The body length is about 28 cm.
Bills are straight and pointed. At the head side it starts red and in the end it gets darkish. Redshanks are noisy birds. They have a typical flight voice and penetrating alarm calls.
Nests are well hided between the growing grass and typically populated by four eggs. Both birds alternate in breeding and both take care for the cubs.