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 Huxley1867 – comprise; waders (CHARADRII), terns, gulls and skuas (LARI), auks (ALCAE).
CHARADRII Huxley1867 – 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).
Click on the picture to read more about each family.
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