USFWS
Migratory Bird Management
Alaska Region

Shorebirds

SPECIES IN ALASKA

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Species
Seasonal
Occurrence
Breeding
Habitat
Wintering
Areas
Black-bellied Plover B* low, wet tundra NAM/CAM/
SAM/OCE
American Golden-Plover B upland tundra SAM
Pacific Golden-Plover B* upland tundra OCE/AUS
Mongolian Plover b rocky tundra SEA/OCE
Snowy Plover v    
Common Ringed Plover b* sand/gravel beaches AFR
Semipalmated Plover B sand/gravel beaches NAM/CAM/
SAM
Little Ringed Plover v    
Killdeer B gravel beaches/pastures NAM/CAM/
SAM
Eurasian Dotterel b rocky tundra AFR
Black Oystercatcher B gravel/rocky beaches NAM
Black-winged Stilt v    
American Avocet v    
Oriental Pratincole v    
Common Greenshank m    
Greater Yellowlegs B muskegs/marshes NAM/CAM/
SAM
Lesser Yellowlegs B muskegs/marshes NAM/CAM/
SAM
Marsh Sandpiper v    
Spotted Redshank m    
Wood Sandpiper b marshes SEA
Green Sandpiper v    
Solitary Sandpiper B muskegs/marshes CAM/SAM
Wandering Tattler B gravel beaches OCE/NAM/
CAM
Gray-tailed Tattler m    
Common Sandpiper b sand/gravel beaches SEA/AUS
Spotted Sandpiper B sand/gravel beaches NAM/CAM/
SAM
Terek Sandpiper m    
Upland Sandpiper B upland tundra SAM
Little Curlew m    
Eskimo Curlew E* upland tundra SAM
Whimbrel B upland tundra OCE/NAM/
CAM/SAM
Bristle-thighed Curlew B* upland tundra OCE
Far Eastern Curlew m    
Black-tailed Godwit m    
Hudsonian Godwit B low,wet tundra/muskegs SAM
Bar-tailed Godwit B* low, wet tundra OCE/AUS
Marbled Godwit B upland tundra NAM/CAM
Ruddy Turnstone B* upland tundra OCE/NAM/
CAM/SAM
Black Turnstone B* low, wet tundra NAM/CAM
Surfbird B rocky tundra NAM/CAM/
SAM
Great Knot m    
Red Knot B* rocky tundra SEA/AUS/
NAM/SAM
Sanderling b* low, wet tundra SAM/CAM/
NAM
Semipalmated Sandpiper B* low, wet tundra SAM/CAM
Western Sandpiper B* upland tundra CAM/NAM/
SAM
Rufous-necked Stint b* low, wet tundra AUS/SEA
Little Stint m    
Temminck's Stint m    
Long-toed Stint m    
Least Sandpiper B low, wet tundra/muskegs NAM/CAM/
SAM
White-rumped Sandpiper B* low, wet tundra SAM
Baird's Sandpiper B* upland tundra SAM
Pectoral Sandpiper B* low, wet tundra SAM
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper M    
Purple Sandpiper v    
Rock Sandpiper B* upland/rocky tundra NAM
Dunlin B* low, wet tundra NAM/CAM/
SEA
Curlew Sandpiper b* upland tundra SEA/AUS
Stilt Sandpiper B* low, wet tundra SAM/CAM
Spoonbill Sandpiper m    
Broad-billed Sandpiper m    
Buff-breasted Sandpiper B* upland tundra SAM
Ruff b low, wet tundra AFR/SEA
Short-billed Dowitcher B muskegs/marshes NAM/CAM/
SAM
Long-billed Dowitcher B* low, wet tundra NAM/CAM
Jack Snipe v    
Wilson's Snipe B muskegs/upland tundra NAM/CAM/
SAM
Pin-tailed Snipe v    
Wilson's Phalarope b marshes SAM
Red-necked Phalarope B low, wet tundra OCE/SAM
Red Phalarope B* low, wet tundra SAM
Occurrence: Season occurrence in Alaska; B = common, regular breeds, b = irregular of breeds in small numbers, M = regular migrant, m = irregular or migrates in small numbers, v = vagrant, * = nesting restricted to arctic and subarctic tundra regions.

Wintering areas: NAM = North America, CAM = Central America, SAM = South America, AUS = Australia, OCE = Oceania, SEA = Southeast Asia, AFR = Africa/Mideast

 

Last Updated: March 26, 2010