Scolopacidae – Sandpipers, Snipes

Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos) by W Kwong

Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos) by W Kwong

And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding exceeding much, and largeness of heart, even as the sand that is on the sea shore. (1 Kings 4:29 KJV)

CLASS – AVES, Order – CHARADRIIFORMES, Family – Scolopacidae – Sandpipers, Snipes

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Species (96)

Upland Sandpiper (Bartramia longicauda)
Bristle-thighed Curlew (Numenius tahitiensis)
Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus)
Little Curlew (Numenius minutus)
Eskimo Curlew (Numenius borealis)
Long-billed Curlew (Numenius americanus)
Far Eastern Curlew (Numenius madagascariensis)
Slender-billed Curlew (Numenius tenuirostris)
Eurasian Curlew (Numenius arquata)
Bar-tailed Godwit (Limosa lapponica)
Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa)
Hudsonian Godwit (Limosa haemastica)
Marbled Godwit (Limosa fedoa)
Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres)
Black Turnstone (Arenaria melanocephala)
Tuamotu Sandpiper (Prosobonia parvirostris)
Kiritimati Sandpiper (Prosobonia cancellata)
Tahiti Sandpiper (Prosobonia leucoptera)
Moorea Sandpiper (Prosobonia ellisi)
Great Knot (Calidris tenuirostris)
Red Knot (Calidris canutus)
Surfbird (Calidris virgata)
Ruff (Calidris pugnax)
Broad-billed Sandpiper (Calidris falcinellus)
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (Calidris acuminata)
Stilt Sandpiper (Calidris himantopus)
Curlew Sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea)
Temminck’s Stint (Calidris temminckii)
Long-toed Stint (Calidris subminuta)
Spoon-billed Sandpiper (Calidris pygmaea)
Red-necked Stint (Calidris ruficollis)
Sanderling (Calidris alba)
Dunlin (Calidris alpina)
Rock Sandpiper (Calidris ptilocnemis)
Purple Sandpiper (Calidris maritima)
Baird’s Sandpiper (Calidris bairdii)
Little Stint (Calidris minuta)
Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla)
White-rumped Sandpiper (Calidris fuscicollis)
Buff-breasted Sandpiper (Calidris subruficollis)
Pectoral Sandpiper (Calidris melanotos)
Semipalmated Sandpiper (Calidris pusilla)
Western Sandpiper (Calidris mauri)
Asian Dowitcher (Limnodromus semipalmatus)
Long-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus scolopaceus)
Short-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus griseus)
Eurasian Woodcock (Scolopax rusticola)
Amami Woodcock (Scolopax mira)
Javan Woodcock (Scolopax saturata)
New Guinea Woodcock (Scolopax rosenbergii)
Bukidnon Woodcock (Scolopax bukidnonensis)
Sulawesi Woodcock (Scolopax celebensis)
Moluccan Woodcock (Scolopax rochussenii)
American Woodcock (Scolopax minor)
Chatham Snipe (Coenocorypha pusilla)
North Island Snipe (Coenocorypha barrierensis)
South Island Snipe (Coenocorypha iredalei)
Snares Snipe (Coenocorypha huegeli)
Subantarctic Snipe (Coenocorypha aucklandica)
Jack Snipe (Lymnocryptes minimus)
Solitary Snipe (Gallinago solitaria)
Latham’s Snipe (Gallinago hardwickii)
Wood Snipe (Gallinago nemoricola)
Pin-tailed Snipe (Gallinago stenura)
Swinhoe’s Snipe (Gallinago megala)
African Snipe (Gallinago nigripennis)
Madagascan Snipe (Gallinago macrodactyla)
Great Snipe (Gallinago media)
Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago)
Wilson’s Snipe (Gallinago delicata)
South American Snipe (Gallinago paraguaiae)
Puna Snipe (Gallinago andina)
Noble Snipe (Gallinago nobilis)
Giant Snipe (Gallinago undulata)
Fuegian Snipe (Gallinago stricklandii)
Jameson’s Snipe (Gallinago jamesoni)
Imperial Snipe (Gallinago imperialis)
Terek Sandpiper (Xenus cinereus)
Wilson’s Phalarope (Phalaropus tricolor)
Red-necked Phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus)
Red Phalarope (Phalaropus fulicarius)
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos)
Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius)
Green Sandpiper (Tringa ochropus)
Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria)
Wandering Tattler (Tringa incana)
Grey-tailed Tattler (Tringa brevipes)
Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes)
Willet (Tringa semipalmata)
Common Redshank (Tringa totanus)
Marsh Sandpiper (Tringa stagnatilis)
Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola)
Spotted Redshank (Tringa erythropus)
Common Greenshank (Tringa nebularia)
Nordmann’s Greenshank (Tringa guttifer)
Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca)


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Ian Montgomery’s Birdway
Jim Fenton
Nikhil Devasar’s Gallery
Quy Tran Galleries
Ray’s Wildlife Photography
Robert Scanlon’s Gallery
SSlayton – Fotobirder at Smugmug
William Kwong’s Galleries

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Sandpipers are a large family, Scolopacidae, of waders or shorebirds. They include many species called sandpipers, as well as those called by names such as curlew and snipe. 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. A high incidence of egg predators stealing from sandpiper nests built on flat beaches makes at least one species a good example of polyandry.

Sandpipers have long bodies and legs, and narrow wings. Most species have a narrow bill, but otherwise the form and length are quite variable. They are small to medium sized birds, (Wikipedia with editing)

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