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How many Shorebirds is in the world?

Have you ever wonder how many species of shorebirds is there in the world?

Apart from gulls, terns, allies, skuasa and skimmers (as they also belong to the Charadriiformes category), there is 250 species of Shorebirds described in the world. Among those species there are futher 200 subspecies describe.

Shorebirds are fairly diverse group of birds, where the smallest species measure 15 cm - Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla), and the largest measuring 63 cm - Siberian Curlews (Numenius madagascariensis). These birds are met all over the world, live in open areas on all continents - on the sea, river and lake coasts, grasslands, meadows and fields, mountain meadows and steppes. You can find them from the coast of Antarctica up to the Arctic.

Shorebirds fascinate birds' lovers all over the world. Many of them work in international research and protection groups and organizations.

Just go to the sea, river or lake coast, wet meadow, bog, cultivated field, abandoned gravel pit, or pond, and you will certainly meet these interesting birds and be able to watch and observe them.



ORDER - CHARADRIIFORMES

Suborder - Charadrii (Plover)

 Magellanic plover (Pluvianellidae) [1]
 Sheatbills (Chionidae) [2]
 Stone curlews (Burhinidae) [9]
 Egyptian plover (Pluvianidae) [1]
 Golden plovers (Pluvialidae) [4]
 Ibisbill (Ibidorhynchidae) [1]
 Oystercatchers (Haematopodidae)
[12 - 1 extinct]
 Stilts, Avocets (Recurvirostridae) [7]
 Lapwings, Plovers (Charadriidae)
[63]
Suborder - Scolopaci (Snipe)

 Plains wanderer (Pedionomidae) [1]
 Seedsnipes (Thinocoridae) [4]
 Jacanas (Jacanidae) [8]
 Painted snipes (Rostratulidae) [3]
 Sandpipers, Snipes (Scolopacidae)
[96 - 5 extinct]
Suborder - Lari (Gulls and Allies)

 Buttonquail (Turnicidae) [17]
 Coursers, Pratincoles (Glareolidae) [17]
 Crab plover (Dromadidae) [1]

 Gulls (Laridae)
 Skimmers (Rynchopidae)
 Terns (Sternidae)
 Puffins, guillemots, murres, and allies (Alcidae)
 Skuas (Stercorariidae)

Take a look at the photographs of some waders encountered in Poland. These species observed on the Baltic Sea, the Szczecin Lagoon or lake Dąbie (near Szczecin and Police where we live).