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The Classification of the Shorebirds of the World

  • Michael Gochfeld
  • Joanna Burger
  • Joseph R. JehlJr.

Abstract

The order Charadriiformes contains in addition to the gulls, terns, skuas, skimmers, and auks, a heterogeneous assemblage of families known as shorebirds in the New World and waders in the Old World. These terms, “shorebirds” and “waders,” are slightly misleading in that many of the species, particularly in the tropics and Southern Hemisphere, infrequently wade and do not frequent shorelines. In fact, several taxa are characteristically desert or steppe birds (e.g., Thinocoridae, Cursoriinae).

Keywords

Western Hemisphere Eastern Hemisphere North American Bird American Ornithologist Golden Plover 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Gochfeld
    • 1
  • Joanna Burger
    • 2
  • Joseph R. JehlJr.
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Environmental and Community MedicineUMDNJ—Rutgers Medical SchoolPiscatawayUSA
  2. 2.Department of Biology and Bureau of Biological ResearchRutgers UniversityPiscatawayUSA
  3. 3.Hubbs—Sea World Research InstituteSan DiegoUSA

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