New Mexico Birds: Charadriiformes

 

Birds are organized alphabetically by family, genus, and species. Hover over a photo series to control the images.


Charadriidae: Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)

When a possible predator approaches a killdeer's nest, the bird will pretend to be injured (and therefore and easy meal) as it lures the predator away from the next. One of my photos shows that behavior.

 

Laridae: Ring-Billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)

 

Recurvirostridae: American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana)

 

Scolopacidae: Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius)

 

Scolopacidae: White-Rumped Sandpiper (Calidris fuscicollis)

 

Scolopacidae: Wilson's Snipe (Gallinago delicata)

One distinguishing trait of the Greater Yellowlegs (as opposed to the Lesser ditto) is a beak that is much longer than the head and that is slightly upturned at the end.

 

Scolopacidae: Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria)

As my Sibley guide admits, the Solitary Sandpiper "resembles a miniature yellowlegs." Note how this bird's upper half is darker, and how the white eye ring stands out in the darker head.