from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of birds of the family Scolopacid√¶, including some of the best-known sandpipers, tattlers, telltales, gambets, or horsemen, as the redshank, green-shank, yellowshank, and wood-sandpiper.


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  • There are also ringed plover Charadrius hiaticula, grey plover Pluvialis squatarola, knot Calidris canutus, redshankTringa totanus and bar-tailed godwit Limosa lapponica among many other species.

    Banc d'Arguin National Park, Mauritania

  • The most abundant are dunlin (Calidris alpina), bar-tailed godwit (Limosa lapponica), curlew sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea) and redshank (Tringa totanus) all with populations of over 100,000 birds.

    Atlantic coastal desert

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