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American woodcock, eastern US and southern Canada, 25–30 cm (10–12 inches) long. Sometimes known as the timberdoodle, the...Read More >>American woodcock, eastern US and southern Canada, 25–30 cm (10–12 inches) long. Sometimes known as the timberdoodle, the American woodcock spend much of its time in the woodland undergrowth, where its plumage provides excellent camouflage. The male bird’s spiralling courtship flights are welcomed as a sign of spring. Most shorebirds, also known as waders, live in wetland or in coastal habitats, including beaches, rocky shores, mudflats and lagoons. Jacanas, sandpipers, thick-knees, snipes, avocets, stilts, plovers, oystercatchers and woodcocks are all shorebirds. They have long legs, suitable for walking in shallow water. Their bills are shaped to probe the mud, sand or soil for small invertebrates to eat. Shorebirds have sensitive nerve endings at the tips of their bills enabling them to detect prey below the surface of the water, sand or mud. Many shorebirds migrate to breed in warmer lands.



Comb-crested jacana, Australia and SE Asia, up to 27 cm (10.6 in) long. Also known as the lotusbird or lilytrotter, Its habitat...Read More >>Comb-crested jacana, Australia and SE Asia, up to 27 cm (10.6 in) long. Also known as the lotusbird or lilytrotter, Its habitat is freshwater wetlands with abundant floating vegetation, such as water-lilies or water hyacinth.

Jacanas

Jacanas are found in tropical and subtropical areas worldwide. Their toes and claws are so long that the birds’ weight is spread out over a large surface area. This enables them to walk over floating lily pads and other water plants. For their ability to apparently walk on water, they are sometimes known as Jesus birds or lilytrotters. Their diet consists of insects picked from the water’s surface.

The pied avocet is the emblem of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.

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