Waders Directory

The term ‘wader’ is synonymous with ‘shorebird’; both are used around the world to refer to the same group of birds. In scientific terms what we are referring to is the sub-order Charadrii within the order Charadriifomes.

  • CHARADRIIFORMES Huxley 1867 – comprise; CHARADRII (plovers, thick-knees, oystercatchers, avocets), SCOLOPACI (jacanas, sandpipers, snipes) (LARI) Crab Plover, pratincoles and coursers, terns, gulls, skuas, auks and buttonquails. What we term waders includes the Charadrii and Scolopaci. Some species previously thought of as waders (Crab Plover, pratincoles and coursers) are now in the Lari and some authorities and individuals still prefer to consider them to be waders. For the purposes of the Wader Directory, we only include those species in the Charadrii and Scolopaci.
  • CHARADRII Huxley 1867 – divided into the following families; (please note that the plover family Charadriidae and the sandpipers, snipes and allies family Scolopacidae are both very large so they have been subdivided in this list).
  • SCOLOPACI Stauch 1978

Click on the picture to read more about each family.

  JACANIDAE

 

Waders - South American Painted-snipe

ROSTRATULIDAE 

– Painted-snipes

Waders - Magellanic Oystercatcher

HAEMATOPODIDAE

– Oystercatchers 

Waders - Ibisbill

IBIDORHYNCHIDAE 

– Ibisbill 

Waders - Andean Avocet

RECURVIROSTRIDAE 

– Avocets and Stilts

Waders - Spotted Thick-knee

BURHINIDAE 

– Stone-curlews and Thick-knees

Egyptian Plover

PLUVIANIDAE

– Egyptian Plover

Crowned Lapwing

CHARADRIIDAE – pt. 1

Lapwings

CHARADRIIDAE – pt. 2

Tundra Plovers 

CHARADRIIDAE – pt. 3

Ringed Plovers

CHARADRIIDAE – pt. 4

Other Plovers

Waders - Magellanic Plover

PLUVIANELLIDAE 

Magellanic Plover

Waders - Long-billed Curlew

SCOLOPACIDAE pt. 1

Curlews, Godwits and Upland Sandpiper

Waders - Nordmann's Greenshank

SCOLOPACIDAE pt. 2

– Shanks, Tattlers and Polynesian Sandpipers

SCOLOPACIDAE pt. 3

– Turnstones

SCOLOPACIDAE pt. 4

– Phalaropes

Common Snipe

SCOLOPACIDAE pt. 5 

– Woodcocks, Snipes and Dowitchers

Waders - Purple Sandpiper

SCOLOPACIDAE pt. 6 

– Calidrine Sandpipers 

Waders - Least Seedsnipe

THINOCORIDAE 

Seedsnipes

 

Waders - Greater Sheathbill

CHIONIDAE 

– Sheathbills

 

Waders - Plains-wanderer

PEDIONOMIDAE 

– Plains-wanderer

 

FORMERLY PLACED IN CHARADRII NOW MOVED TO LARI (GULLS AND ALLIES)

DROMADIDAE

– Crab Plover

GLAREOLIDAE

– Coursers and Pratincoles

TURNICIDAE

– Buttonquails