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Terns Gulls Plovers and Other Shorebirds: Charadriiformes

Diet, Behavior And Reproduction, Gulls, Terns, Plovers, Other Shorebirds, And PeoplePHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS, GEOGRAPHIC RANGE, HABITAT

Birds of the order Charadriiformes range in size from 0.06 to 4.4 pounds (25 grams to 2 kilograms). They vary greatly in body length, body shape, leg length, and bill shape, making generalizations about their physical characteristics difficult.


Charadriiforms are found worldwide, including all seven continents.


Species in the order Charadriiformes occupy diverse habitats. They are generally found near water, whether coastal, inland, or on the ocean. Many charadriiforms inhabit wetland areas, both marine and freshwater. Others spend large amounts of time in or near the ocean.


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