Waders Directory

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.

Waders - Wattled Jacana

JACANIDAE

– Jacanas

Waders - South American Painted-snipe

ROSTRATULIDAE 

– Painted-Snipes

 

Waders - Crab-plover

DROMADIDAE 

– Crab-Plover

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

PLUVIONIDAE

– Egyptian Plover

 

Waders - Rock Pratincole

GLAREOLIDAE

– Coursers and Pratincoles

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

Waders - Red-backed Buttonquail

TURNICIDAE 

– Buttonquails

 

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: