Shorebirds never seen during Global Shorebird Counting

Approxximately half of the world’s shorebird species have been reported each year during the Global Shorebird Counting Program. Large majority of these species have regularly been seen globally or locally. There are the other half what has not been recorded yet despite some of them are not extremely rare or difficult to spot.

This pie chart shows the percentage of shorebird species recorded each year during the Global Shorebird Counting Program.


Great Stone-curlew is a coastal shorebird in India where this couple was photographed. © Deepak Sahu (Photo was legally embedded from Deepak Sahu’s Flickr stream with direct link to his portfolio. Check out his work.)

Bush Stone-curlew

Bush Stone-curlew is a highly possible species to see in Australia. (Photo was legally embedded from Shelley Pearson’s Flickr stream with direct link to his portfolio. Check out her work.)

Obviously some shorebird families like Buttonquails or Seedsnipes and most woodcocks are very hard to see anyway. The lack of Small Pratincole, Great Stone-curlew or Bush Stone-curlew are clearly the result of poor coverage and low participation level.

In perfect synch.

Birding is quite popular in South Africa so recording the impressive African Oystercatcher is just a matter of time (and a bit of support). © Roger Scott (Photo was legally embedded from Roger Scott’s Flickr stream with direct link to his portfolio. Check out his work.)

Bellow is the list of shorebirds that have never been recorded for Global Shorebird Counting. How many of these we can pull in this year? It is up to you…

Common Buttonquail
Red-backed Buttonquail
Hottentot Buttonquail
Black-rumped Buttonquail
Yellow-legged Buttonquail
Spotted Buttonquail
Barred Buttonquail
Madagascan Buttonquail
Black-breasted Buttonquail
Chestnut-backed Buttonquail
Buff-breasted Buttonquail
Painted Buttonquail
Worcester’s Buttonquail
Sumba Buttonquail
Red-chested Buttonquail
Little Buttonquail
Great Stone Curlew
Indian Stone-curlew
Senegal Thick-knee
Peruvian Thick-knee
Bush Stone-curlew
Black-faced Sheathbill
Egyptian Plover
Andean Avocet
African Oystercatcher
Chatham Oystercatcher
Diademed Plover
Rufous-chested Plover
Forbes’s Plover
Hooded Plover
Shore Dotterel
Long-billed Plover
Long-toed Lapwing
River Lapwing
Black-headed Lapwing
White-crowned Lapwing
Senegal Lapwing
Black-winged Lapwing
African Wattled Lapwing
Spot-breasted Lapwing
Brown-chested Lapwing
Sociable Lapwing
White-tailed Lapwing
Pied Plover
Andean Lapwing
Inland Dotterel
Caspian Plover
New Zealand-Plover
Mountain Plover
Chestnut-banded Plover
Javan Plover
St. Helena Plover
Madagascan Plover
Puna Plover
Rufous-bellied Seedsnipe
White-bellied Seedsnipe
Grey-breasted Seedsnipe
South American Painted-snipe
Australian Painted-snipe
Madagascan Jacana
Lesser Jacana
Little Curlew
Bristle-thighed Curlew
Far Eastern Curlew
Tuamotu Sandpiper
Rock Sandpiper
Nordmann’s Greenshank
Amami Woodcock
Javan Woodcock
New Guinea Woodcock
Bukidnon Woodcock
Sulawesi Woodcock
Moluccan Woodcock
Andean Snipe
Fuegian Snipe
Imperial Snipe
Chatham Snipe
Subantarctic Snipe
Snares Snipe
Solitary Snipe
Latham’s Snipe
Wood Snipe
Madagascan Snipe
Puna Snipe
Noble Snipe
Giant Snipe
Three-banded Courser
Bronze-winged Courser
Jerdon’s Courser
Somali Courser
Indian Courser
Oriental Pratincole
Madagascan Pratincole
Rock Pratincole
Grey Pratincole
Small Pratincole


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