Oystercatcher, Stilt, Avocet, Plover, Lapwing, Snipe, Jacana, Sandpiper, Snipe, Wimbrel, Tattler, Turnstone, Dowitcher
Striking, noisy shorebirds, oystercatchers occur around the world. Despite the name, they rarely, if ever, eat oysters.
Stilts and avocets have very long legs and a fine, straight or upturned bill. All are birds of shallow wetlands, estuaries, and coastal lagoons.
Jacanas, also called lilytrotters, are found almost exclusively in tropical regions. Their long toes enable them to walk over floating plants.
This is the largest family of wading birds. Some species have long migrations and some gather in huge flocks.
So named because of their prominent leg joints, thick-knees are also known as stone-curlews and stone-runners.
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