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Shorebird Information

Shorebirds are small to medium birds, belonging to the order Charadriiformes. Shorebirds include curlews, avocets (American avocet - photo), sandpipers, snipe, oystercatchers, plovers, thick-knees, dotterels, stone curlews, ibisbill, jacanas, coursers, stilts, pratincoles, seedsnipes, sheathbills. These birds are found along shorelines, all over the world, except Antarctic. Shorebirds come in a variety of bill shapes and sizes. The long-billed curlew (Numenius americanus) is the largest North American shorebird. It is 21-26 inches in length. The Western sandpiper (Calidris mauri) is one of the most abundant shorebird species in North America. It is 6-7 inches in length. Many shorebird populations are declining and some shorebird species are endangered; the piping plovers are one of them. Migratory shorebirds are among the most spectacular migratory birds in the world, travelling thousands of kilometers.

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