Charadiiformes Charadiiformes


Great Snipe

Great snipes inhabit both short grass away from water as well as lake fringes and flooded marshes.

African Snipe

African snipes inhabit vleis, marshes and wet grasslands and the flood plains of the Okavango Delta.

Black-Tailed Godwit

Habitats preferred by black-tailed godwits include salt pans, marshes, swamps, small lakes and coastal wetlands.

Bar-Tailed Godwit

Bar-tailed godwits originate from Lapland and mainly congregate on the west coast of Namibia.

Common Whimbrel

Common whimbrels are migrant birds to Namibia.

Eurasian Curlew

Eurasian curlews (Numenius arquata) gather on coastal wetlands, roosting on salt-marshes, sand dunes and rocks.

Common Redshank

Common redshanks are palearctic breeders but can be found in Namibia year round.

Marsh Sandpiper

Marsh sandpipers inhabit wetlands and coastal lagoons as well as man-made and natural pans.

Common Greenshank

Common greenshanks potter around borders of dams and ponds, short grassland, natural pans, beaches, estuaries and lagoons.

Green Sandpiper

Green sandpipers pick and prey around small streams, woodland pools and vleis and ditches, remaining mostly absent from coastal and tidal patterns.

Wood Sandpiper

Wood sandpipers are generally solitary birds, forming communal roosts in a mainly freshwater habitat.

Terek Sandpiper

Terek sandpipers inhabit mud and sand flats along the coastline as well as inland salt pans.

Common Sandpiper

Common sandpipers are mainly coastal dwellers.

Ruddy Turnstone

Ruddy turnstones inhabit stony or rocky coastal areas, as well as inland wetlands.

Red Knot

Red knot were initially named after King Canute.


Sanderlings are found in open sandy beaches, estuaries, lagoons and rocky shores associated with algae.

Little Stint

Little stints can be observed in both inland and coastal wetland habitat.

Curlew Sandpiper

Coastal lagoons, shorelines, estuaries and bays, as well as inland wetlands are typical habitats of the curlew sandpiper.

Broad-Billed Sandpiper

The Latin word Limicola means 'to inhabit mud', a clear indicator that the broad-billed sandpiper.


Ruffs are common waders.

Red-Necked Phalarope

The red-necked phalarope is only found in Namibia at coastal salt pans and sewage works.

American Golden Plover

The American golden plover inhabits coastal wetlands with dry vegetation as well as sandy beaches.

Grey Plover

Grey plovers mainly inhabit muddy tidal zones in estuaries as well as rocky or sandy coasts.

Common Ringed Plover

Common ringed plovers can be found mainly along the coast.

Kittlitz's Plover

Kittlitz's plover can be found close to water, usually in open, dry mud and short grass.

Three-Banded Plover

Three-banded plovers can be observed in many habitats ranging from any freshwater location.

Chestnut-Banded Plover

This species are usually found singly or in pairs, roosting in groups of up to 1,000.

Kentish Plover

Kentish plovers are rare in Namibia with only a few sightings recorded along a few selected coastal locations.

White-Fronted Plover

White-fronted plovers are one of the most common resident coastal shorebirds.

Lesser Sand Plover

Lesser sand plovers inhabit sandy beaches and mudflats associated with estuaries.

Greater Sand Plover

Greater sand plovers were named after Jean Baptiste Leschenault de la Tour.

Caspian Plover

Unlike many other species of this family, Caspian plovers (Charadrius asiaticus) prefer dry-land habitats usually far from water

Long-Toed Lapwing

Long-toed lapwings are large plovers with rounded wings found on or near floating vegetation.

Blacksmith Lapwing

Blacksmith lapwings can be found in a wide range of habitats that sport moist, short grassland and mudflats.

White-Crowned Lapwing

White-crowned lapwings inhabit sand and mud-banks in large rivers and sometimes along shores of lakes and dams.

African Wattled Lapwing

African wattled lapwings inhabit waterlogged grasslands.

Crowned Lapwing

Crowned lapwings venture into mainly dry, open grassland.

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