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.

imageQuite a big portion of the recorded species have been seen only once. It is not a big surprise that the Burchell’s Courser or Snowy Sheathbill was seen only once, or the Spoon-billed Sandpiper, which just arrived to the Yellow Sea wintering areas exactly on the World Shorebirds Day! It is however a big surprise that the widespread and quite abundant Red-wattled Lapwing or the Black Oystercatcher was found only once!

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!

IMG_5287Here is complete list of shorebird species recorded during the World Shorebirds Day:

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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One thought on “Global Shorebird Counting Report: Part Two

  1. Fascinating Stats. I’m interested that every one of the top 10 is recorded for Abaco, N Bahamas. I know the reason is fairly obvious, but if asked beforehand I’d have guessed 7 or 8 I think. RH

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