Wednesday 10 June 2015

European Red List waders.

The European Red List of Birds is a review of the regional threat status of the 533 wild bird species occurring naturally and regularly in Europe, according to the IUCN Regional Red List Guidelines. It has just been published and it makes grim reading especially the list of Vulnerable species many of which we have long considered relatively common; Eurasian Oystercatcher, Northern Lapwing, Eurasian Curlew, Black-tailed Godwit and Curlew Sandpiper.

Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa.


Canarian Black Oystercatcher - Haematopus meadewoldoi

Regionally Extinct

Caspian Plover - Charadrius asiaticus

Critically Endangered (possibly Extinct)

Slender-billed Curlew - Numenius tenuirostris
Common Buttonquail Turnix sylvaticus (note: WQ has not yet adopted this species as a wader).

Critically Endangered

Sociable Lapwing - Vanellus gregarius

Sociable Lapwing Vanellus gregarius


Eurasian Oystercatcher - Haematopus ostralegus
Greater Sandplover - Charadrius leschenaultii
Northern Lapwing Vanellus vanellus
Red-wattled Lapwing Vanellus indicus
Eurasian Curlew Numenius arquata
Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa
Curlew Sandpiper Calidris ferruginea
Black-winged Pratincole Glareola nordmanni

Eurasian Oystercatcher Haematopus ostralegus

Near Threatened  

Cream-coloured Courser - Cursorius cursor

Least Concern

Eurasian Thick-knee - Burhinus oedicnemus
Pied Avocet - Recurvirostra avosetta
Black-winged Stilt - Himantopus himantopus
Grey (Black-bellied) Plover - Pluvialis squatarola
Eurasian Golden Plover - Pluvialis apricaria
Eurasian Dotterel - Eudromias morinellus
Common Ringed Plover - Charadrius hiaticula
Little Ringed Plover - Charadrius dubius
Kentish Plover - Charadrius alexandrinus
Spur-winged Lapwing - Vanellus spinosus
White-tailed Lapwing - Vanellus leucurus
Eurasian Whimbrel - Numenius phaeopus
Bar-tailed Godwit - Limosa lapponica
Ruddy Turnstone - Arenaria interpres
Red Knot - Calidris canutus
Ruff - Calidris pugnax
Broad-billed Sandpiper - Calidris falcinellus
Temminck's Stint - Calidris temminckii
Sanderling - Calidris alba
Dunlin - Calidris alpina
Purple Sandpiper - Calidris maritima
Baird's Sandpiper - Calidris bairdii
Little Stint - Calidris minuta
Eurasian Woodcock - Scolopax rusticola
Pintail Snipe - Gallinago stenura
Great Snipe - Gallinago media
Common Snipe - Gallinago gallinago
Jack Snipe - Lymnocryptes minimus
Red-necked Phalarope - Phalaropus lobatus
Grey (Red) Phalarope - Phalaropus fulicarius
Terek Sandpiper - Xenus cinereus
Common Sandpiper - Actitis hypoleucos
Green Sandpiper - Tringa ochropus
Spotted Redshank - Tringa erythropus
Common Greenshank - Tringa nebularia
Common Redshank - Tringa totanus
Wood Sandpiper - Tringa glareola
Marsh Sandpiper - Tringa stagnatilis
Collared Pratincole - Glareola pratincola

Eurasian Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus

Apart from the inclusion of the buttonquail which we used to call Andalusian Hemipode, a much more romantic name, it is worthy of note that Baird's Sandpiper is included. This is due to a breeding population that breeds in Greenland which pertains to Denmark. 

Baird's Sandpiper Calidris baridii

For a full list of European bird species see

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