Waders, Gulls & Auks (Charadriiformes)

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Charadriiformes is a diverse order of small to medium-large birds. It includes about 350 species and has members in all parts of the world. Most Charadriiformes live near water and eat invertebrates or other small animals; however, some are pelagic (sea birds), some occupy deserts and a few are found in thick forest. They are very small, most of the time, but can be quite large.

There are 6 Sub-orders: Scolopaci, Thinocori, Lari, Turnici, Chionidi and Charadrii. The breakdown to these Suborders, where species can be seen in Langstone Harbour and the Hayling Nature Reserve, is given below.

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Snipe-like waders (Sub Order Scolopaci)

The birds in this Suborder are grouped under one family Scolopacidae which include Snipe, Sandpipers, phalaropes and allies.

The majority of these species eat small invertebrates picked out of the mud or soil. Different lengths of bills enable different species to feed in the same habitat, particularly on the coast, without direct competition for food.

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Curlew (Numenius arquata) Copyright Peter Drury

Curlew (Numenius arquata) Copyright Peter Drury

Plover-like waders (Sub Order Charadrii)

This Sub Order has 4 families which include ibisbill, Avocets & Stilts, Oystercatchers, Plovers & Lapwing.

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Pied Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta) Copyright Peter Drury

Pied Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta) Copyright Peter Drury

Gulls, Terns, Skuas and Skimmers (Sub Order Lari)

This sub order, Lari is very large and will be split into family groups, Laridae, Rhynocipae, Sternidae, Stercoraridae.

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Gulls (Sub Order Lari, Family Laridae)

Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) Copyright Peter Drury

Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) Copyright Peter Drury

Tern Family Sternidae)

Sandwich Tern 2

Sandwich tern (Thalasseus sandvicensis) Copyright Peter Drury