Black-legged kittiwakes at a clifftop colony


Shorebirds are an order of birds known as the charadriiformes. It contains birds as diverse as waders, gulls and puffins, and a few types that live far away from water.

Scientific name: Charadriiformes

Rank: Order

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Map showing the distribution of the Shorebirds taxa

The shading illustrates the diversity of this group - the darker the colour the greater the number of species. Data provided by WWF's Wildfinder.

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