Quiz: How Many Shorebirds Can You Identify?

Updated: Jan. 26, 2024

How many shorebirds can you name? Put your shorebird identification skills to the test with this fun photo quiz.

Most birdwatchers can identify common backyard birds. But you’re not alone if shorebirds trip you up. How many of these waders can you identify? Put your shorebird identification skills to the test with this quiz.

Quiz: How many female birds can you identify?

1. Small Threatened Shorebird

Piping ploverCourtesy Chuck Gloman

Answer: Piping Plover

Look for plover birds both on (and off) the shore.

2. The Loner of the Group

solitary sandpiperCourtesy Cassidy Plagman

Answer: Solitary Sandpiper

3. Beachcomber With a Bright Bill

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Answer: American Oystercatcher

4. Secretive Swamp Bird

Wilson's snipeCourtesy Nancy Brown

Answer: Wilson’s Snipe

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5. Patterned Plumage

Spotted sandpiperCourtesy Nancy Jones

Answer: Spotted Sandpiper

6. Coastal Shorebird

Willet birdCourtesy Dani Toussaint

Answer: Willet

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7. Rosy Pink Legs

black necked stiltCourtesy Jean Oedewaldt

Answer: Black-necked Stilt

8. The Ground-Nester

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Answer: Killdeer

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9. Long-Distance Migrant

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Answer: Dunlin

10. Graceful and Elegant

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Answer: American Avocet

11. Songbird Sized Shorebird

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Answer: Semipalmated Plover

12. Long and Lanky

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Answer: Lesser Yellowlegs

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