Shore birds and waders
Shore birds or 'waders' are those birds commonly found on coastal shores, including beaches, rocky shores, mudflats, tidal wetlands and lagoons. These include the many plovers and sandpipers in the families Charadriidae and Scolopacidae, as well as the stone-curlews, snipes, pratincoles, oystercatchers, stilts, avocets and the Plains-wanderer.
Migrating from afar
Many wader species are migratory, traveling many thousands of kilometres to or from breeding grounds. Many waders are also the subject of detailed studies that cover the countries they breed in and migrate across. In particular, extensive drainage and reclamation of wetlands in Australasia and Asia, as well as the intensive harvesting of waterbirds in Asia, has placed many populations of migratory waders under increasing threat. Nearly 50 species that breed in northern Asia visit Australia during the southern summer, and young birds may overwinter in Australia for one or two years.
Some waders are common in urban areas, often visiting spaces such as parks and golf courses which have lakes or ponds that provide suitable habitat.
Some of our shorebirds and waders include:
||Scientific Name: Haematopus longirostris|
|Scientific Name: Stiltia isabella||Scientific Name: Vanellus tricolor|
|Scientific Name: Cladorhynchus leucocephalus||Scientific Name: Limosa lapponica|
|Scientific Name: Esacus magnirostris||Scientific Name: Ixobrychus flavicollis|
|Scientific Name: Elseyornis melanops||Scientific Name: Himantopus himantopus|
||Scientific Name: Tringa nebularia|
|Scientific Name: Actitis hypoleucos||Scientific Name: Calidris ferruginea|
|Scientific Name: Charadrius bicinctus||Scientific Name: Numenius madagascariensis|
|Scientific Name: Pluvialis squatarola||Scientific Name: Tringa brevipes|
|Scientific Name: Thinornis rubricollis||Scientific Name: Charadrius australis|
|Scientific Name: Gallinago hardwickii||Scientific Name: Numenius minutus|
|Scientific Name: Tringa stagnatilis||Scientific Name: Charadrius veredus|
|Scientific Name: Pluvialis fulva||Scientific Name: Calidris canutus|
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