Shorebird Identification (K-1)

Welcome to shorebird identification where we're going to learn all about shorebirds.

Click on the play buttons below to start learning.

What makes a shorebird a shorebird?

Shorebirds are birds specially adapted to live in open land and often near water.

Shorebirds have:

  • Long legs for wading

  • Long, slender beaks for probing the mud or water

  • Camouflage coloring

  • Feed on invertebrates

  • Migrate

  • Prefer open habitats

  • Simple vocalizations such as peeps, whistles or short trills

Who am I?

There are many different kinds of shorebirds. Below you will see images of a few different kinds. Click on the play button next to the shorebirds name to hear the name and bird call.

American Oystercatcher

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Osprey

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Piping Plover

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Great Egret

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Double Crested Cormorant

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Red Knot

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Black Skimmer

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Shorebird food identification

The shape of a birds' beak depends on what it eats. In the activity below you will see an image of a shorebird next to its food of choice. You can click the play button next to the shorebirds name and name of the food to hear them read aloud.

American Oystercatcher

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Osprey

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Oysters

American Shad

Image credit mass.gov

Piping Plover

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Marine Worm

Image credit mass.gov

Clapper Rail

Clapper Rail Credit CT Audubon Society.j
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Red Knot

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Fiddler Crab

Horseshoe Crab Eggs