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shorebirds and relatives


There are approximately 365 species of shorebirds distributed across the world. Though there is much diversity in size and shape in this large family, these birds have skeletons with certain similarities. Many prefer watery habitats such as marshes, or the coasts of lakes, rivers or oceans. The shorebird order includes familiar birds such as gulls and sandpipers as well as some more exotic birds like puffins .

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