Shorebirds are a group of birds that live on beaches, grasslands, and wetlands. They often have long bills, legs, and toes that help with wading in the water. Because many build their nests in the sand, most have earth-colored feathers to help them hide.
Birds in this group include plovers, oystercatchers, curlews, avocets, stilts, and sandpipers. They are migratory birds, which means they travel to different places when the weather changes.
As global warming, pollution, and oil spills damage wetlands and beaches, shorebirds are becoming endangered. Because they travel long distances, any area along their path that is destroyed affects the birds.
Texas Parks and Wildlife explains what this shorebird looks like, where it lives, how it eats, and why it is protected.
Explains what they look like, where they breed, when they migrate, why they are endangered, and what can be done to protect them.
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