Sandpipers, snipes

Scolopacidae

Taxonomy Version: IOC 10.2
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Scolopacidae is a large family containing many typical wading birds including sandpipers, curlews, godwits, snipes and woodcocks. They tend to have narrow bills (of varying length), which they use for pecking at or probing for invertebrate food in water and soft substrates. Most are tied to aquatic habitats, and representatives are found throughout the world except in Antarctica and the driest deserts. They tend to be found more in moderate to high latitudes, with fewer species breeding in the tropics. Many species are strongly migratory.

  • Ruddy Turnstone - Norfolk © Stuart Greer

  • Ruddy Turnstone - Oxfordshire © David John

  • Ruddy Turnstone - Norfolk © Andy Thompson

  • Ruddy Turnstone - Cornwall © Fausto Riccioni

  • Ruddy Turnstone - Antrim © Ian Dickey

  • Ruddy Turnstone - Kent © Brian Anderson

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