Sunday 15 October 2017

Top 10 of the world's rarest waders.

When it comes to rare you don't get much rarer than extinct. The following four species, although on the Critically Endangered list, are all in all probability extinct now and so they have an unfair advantage in this case (if being extinct can be considered an advantage). So we'll not include them in the top ten but suffice to say that they exist, or not, as the case may be.

These birds were last seen alive; Javan Lapwing 1940, Eskimo Curlew 1963, Slender-billed Curlews 2001, Jerdon's Courser 2009 

So that then leaves us with the Top 10 of the world's rarest wader species that, if money and time are no object, you could actually go and see. All photos by Elis Simpson - Wader Quest unless otherwise stated.

Nº 10
This slot is shared by Diademed Sandpiper Plover, Magellanic Plover and Fuegian Snipe. Each has a population estimate of between 1,500 and 7,000 individuals.
There are also some rare Asia and Pacific Woodcocks that do not have population estimates that we could have included here too.

Nº 9
Name: Swinhoe's (White-faced) Plover
Charadrius dealbatus
IUCN: Data Deficient
Population: ?
Region: Asia

Nº 8
Nordmann's (Spotted) Greenshank
Tringa guttifer
Population: 60-1300 (1,100 China 2017)
Region: Arctic/Asia

Nº 7
Name: Tuamotu Sandpiper
Prosobonia parvirostris
Population: 900
Region: Pacific

Nº 6
Name: St. Helena Plover
Charadrius sanctaehelenae
Population: 560
Region: Atlantic

Photo by Andrew Darlow.

Nº 5
Name: Spoon-billed Sandpiper
Calidris pygmaea
IUCNCritically Endangered
Population: 240-500 (250 in china 2017)
Region: Arctic/Asia

Nº 4
Name: Chatham Oystercatcher
Haematopus chathamensis
Population: 50-249
Region: Australasia

Photo by Alan Tennyson - New Zealand Birds Online.

Nº 3
Name: Shore Plover
Thinornis novaeseelandiae
Population: 156-220
Region: Australasia

Nº 2
Name: Southern Red-breasted Plover
Charadrius aquilonius
Population: 160-190
Region: Australasia

Photo by Matt Jones -

And the world's rarest wader is.....................................................

Nº 1
Name: Black Stilt
Himantopus novaezelandiae
IUCNCritically Endangered
Population: 106 
Region: Australasia

 BirdLife International (2017) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 27/09/2017

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