The term ‘waders’ is synonymous with ‘shorebirds’; 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 – comprise; waders (CHARADRII), terns, gulls and skuas (LARI), auks (ALCAE).
- CHARADRII – divided into the following families; (please note that the plover family and the sandpipers, snipes and allies family are both very large so they have been subdivided in this list).
Click on the picture to read more about each family.
All photographs on this page were taken by Elis Simpson from Wader Quest, apart from the following which were used under CC license: Buttonquails – Greg Miles; Sheathbills – Unknown; Plains Wanderer – Ron Knight; Crab Plover – Koshy Koshy
With thanks from Wader Quest
The following sources were used to compile this directory: