International Shorebird Gallery

compiled by Jean M. Hoffman
Many fine photographs of shorebirds have been made available for personal use on the web, but most are copyright protected beyond that. They are excellent study tools and provide rewarding viewing.
Paul Hertzel has provided many links tophotographs (Images of Shorebirds.) I have tried not to duplicate his links here. The Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network (WHSRN a program of Manomet Observatory for Conservation Sciencesin partnership with Wetlands International- the Americas) presents a Shorebird Gallery of many compact photo files, also used in a "Virtual Birding" quiz. I have not duplicated these links either.
This gallery was updated Aug. 19, 1996 with photos by Michael P. Gage, David A. Rintoul and Mike Patterson.
Don't miss The Virtual Birder's OnLocation(sm): Shorebird Gallery: Arthur Morris/BIRDS ASART- a gallery of 22 of Arthur Morris's outstanding photos.
or the many shorebird photos of OnLocation(sm): Cape Cod (The Virtual Trip)
Another photo quiz is provided by the US National Biological Survey as one part of The Patuxent Bird Quiz.

Plus . . . don't miss "The Shorebird Watcher" Shorebird Photo Quiz!

(or the non-interactive version)

PLUS - Two shorebird slide shows from Attu., including photos of Terek Sandpiper, Spoonbill Sandpiper, Spotted Redshank, Common Greenshank and many more Asian specialties. These are large animated GIFs, but there is also a smaller montage of six species. ATTOUR, INC. Images of Attu's Birds

I have found several other sources that contain many photoseach.

Additional photographs have come from a variety of sources. Many thanks to all these fine photographers and the web sites that provide them.

I have followed the taxonomy of Hayman, Marchant and Prater (Shorebirds, an Identification Guide. 1986) with current AOU taxonomy where species differ. For a checklist of shorebirds of the world, go to Robert B. Hole, Jr.'s Birds of the World on the Web Project.

Family Jacanas (Jacanidae)
Family Painted Snipes (Rostratulidae)
Family Crab Plover (Dromadidae)
Family Oystercatchers (Haematopodidae)
Family Ibisbill (Ibidorhynchidae)
Family Stilts and Avocets (Recurvirostridae)
Family Stone-Curlews (Burhinidae)
Family Coursers and Pratincoles (Glareolidae)
Family Lapwings and Plovers (Charadriidae)
Family Magellanic Plover (Pluvianellidae)
Family Sandpipers, Snipes and allies (Scolopacidae)



Tringine Sandpipers






Calidrine Sandpipers

Family Seedsnipes (Thinocoridae)

Thanks for visiting! Questions, comments and suggestions are welcome. Please let me know when you find new photos I can add to the list. Send e-mail to Jean Hoffman at

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last updated: Nov 26, 1998