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 Chradriifomes.

Current Featured Wader; Diademed Sandpiper-Plover


Waders Directory

By selecting one of the families below, you will be able to access information relating to each species within that family, including information regarding their conservation status and any current conservation efforts.

Note – As the two families Charadriidae and Scolopacidae include more than 20 species (67 and 96 respectively) they have been divided into smaller sections to make it easier for you to find the species you are looking for.



Waders - Wattled Jacana

Jacanas (Jacanidae)


Waders - South American Painted-snipe

Painted-Snipes (Rostratulidae)


Waders - Crab-plover

Crab-plover (Dromadidae)


Waders - Magellanic Oystercatcher

Oystercatchers (Haematopodidae)



Waders - Ibisbill

Ibisbill (Ibidorhynchidae)


Waders - Andean Avocet

Avocets and Stilts (Recurvirsotridae)


Waders - Spotted Thick-knee

Stone-Curlews and Thick-knees (Burhinidae)


Egyptian Plover

Egyptian Plover (Pluvionidae)



Waders - Rock Pratincole

Coursers and Pratincoles (Glareolidae)


Waders - Black-fronted Dotterel

Dotterels (Charadriidae)


Crowned Lapwing

Lapwings   (Charadriidae)


Double-banded Plover

Plovers (Charadriidae)



Waders - Magellanic Plover

Magellanic Plover (Pluvianellidae)


Waders - Woodcock

Woodcocks (Scolopacidae)


Common Snipe

Snipes and Dowitchers (Scolopacidae)


Waders - Ruddy Turnstone

Turnstones (Scolopacidae)



Waders - Purple Sandpiper

Sandpipers (Scolopacidae)


Waders - Wilson's Phalarope

Phalaropes (Scolopacidae)


Waders - Long-billed Curlew

Curlews and Godwits (Scolopacidae)


Waders - Nordmann's Greenshank

Shanks (Scolopacidae)



Waders - Least Seedsnipe

Seedsnipes (Thinocoridae)


Waders - Plains-wanderer

Plains-wanderer (Pedionomidae)


Waders - Greater Sheathbill

Sheathbills (Chionidae)


Waders - Red-backed Buttonquail

Buttonquails (Turnicidae)


Photograph credits

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: