The Charariiformes are shorebirds and their relatives. They include 350 species of waders (e.g. snipe, oystercatcher, avocet) gulls (and allies) and auks (e.g. puffins, skuas, guillemots), and are globally distributed. The majority live near water and eat invertebrates and other small animals. Waders feed by probing in mudflats or picking items off the surface. Gulls usually take fish from the sea or off beaches. Auks dive for fish.
Author: Robert Davis
Last updated: 21/11/05
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