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sandpipers, snipe, and relatives


There are 85 species of sandpipers, snipe, and relatives found throughout the world. This group is also known as the “shorebirds” or “waders” as most species are found along coastlines and in wetland areas. All members of this family eat invertebrates that they pick out of mud or soil with their long bills. Different species have different bill lengths, making it possible for them to search for prey at different depths and avoid competing with other species. Most species are found in small groups and may migrate long distances, but some species are solitary.

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