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Global Shorebird Counting Report: Part Two

Two kind of statistics have been shared so far. We know the total number checklists submitted/shared and we also know the number of checklists shared per countries/states. It’s time to talk a little bit about the birds.

How many shorebird species have been seen during the World Shorebirds Day?

As of writing there are 225 shorebird species based on the IOC taxonomy (I buried the Slender-billed Curlew already). While I was expecting a little bit higher number, still more than half of the world’s shorebird species have been seen at least once during the weekend.


The Red-wattled Lapwing is widespread across South Asia, yet only once recorded during the World Shorebirds Day. © Ayuwat Jearwattanakanok

The Red-wattled Lapwing is widespread across South Asia, yet only once recorded during the World Shorebirds Day. © Ayuwat Jearwattanakanok

All in all 124 species have been seen during the three days shorebird counts.

Which shorebird species have been recorded in most checklists?

This chart shows the opposite side of the picture, I have just been talking about. The most commonly seen shorebirds are listed on the chart bellow. It means, that the Least Sandpiper was recorded in 13.1% of the total checklists, which is the highest ratio among all the shorebird species. It doesn’t mean, the Least Sandpiper was the most numerous shorebird on the weekend!


Snowy Sheathbill Water Thick-knee Eurasian Thick-knee Spotted Thick-knee Beach Thick-knee Black-winged Stilt Pied Stilt Black-necked Stilt White-backed Stilt Banded Stilt Pied Avocet Red-necked Avocet American Avocet Eurasian Oystercatcher Pied Oystercatcher South Island Oystercatcher Variable Oystercatcher Sooty Oystercatcher American Oystercatcher Blackish Oystercatcher Black Oystercatcher Black-bellied Plover European Golden-Plover American Golden-Plover Pacific Golden-Plover Northern Lapwing Blacksmith Lapwing Spur-winged Lapwing Crowned Lapwing Wattled Lapwing Gray-headed Lapwing Red-wattled Lapwing Masked Lapwing Southern Lapwing Red-breasted Dotterel Lesser Sand-Plover Greater Sand-Plover Collared Plover Two-banded Plover Double-banded Plover Kittlitz’s Plover Red-capped Plover Malaysian Plover Javan Plover Kentish Plover Snowy Plover Wilson’s Plover Common Ringed Plover Semipalmated Plover Piping Plover Little Ringed Plover White-fronted Plover Killdeer Oriental Plover Eurasian Dotterel Rufous-chested Dotterel Red-kneed Dotterel Black-fronted Dotterel Wrybill Greater Painted-snipe African Jacana Northern Jacana Wattled Jacana Terek Sandpiper Common Sandpiper Spotted Sandpiper Green Sandpiper Solitary Sandpiper Gray-tailed Tattler Wandering Tattler Spotted Redshank Greater Yellowlegs Common Greenshank Willet Lesser Yellowlegs Marsh Sandpiper Wood Sandpiper Common Redshank Upland Sandpiper Whimbrel Far Eastern Curlew Black-tailed Godwit Hudsonian Godwit Bar-tailed Godwit Marbled Godwit Ruddy Turnstone Black Turnstone Great Knot Red Knot Surfbird Ruff Broad-billed Sandpiper Spoon-billed Sandpiper Sharp-tailed Sandpiper Stilt Sandpiper Curlew Sandpiper Temminck’s Stint Long-toed Stint Red-necked Stint Sanderling Dunlin Purple Sandpiper Baird’s Sandpiper Little Stint Least Sandpiper White-rumped Sandpiper Buff-breasted Sandpiper Pectoral Sandpiper Semipalmated Sandpiper Western Sandpiper Short-billed Dowitcher Long-billed Dowitcher Asian Dowitcher Wilson’s Snipe Common Snipe Pin-tailed Snipe Wilson’s Phalarope Wilson’s Phalarope Red-necked Phalarope Burchell’s Courser Double-banded Courser Australian Pratincole Black-winged Pratincole

Do you think a species is missing? Please check if you shared your eBird checklist.

To be continued…

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