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- n. Any of the birds of the taxonomic family Charadriidae.
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Among birds, the best is the Wrybill, a mid-sized charadriid wader endemic to New Zealand.
Phylogenetic studies find it to be close to Charadrius (Chu 1995), and thus probably a core charadriid (traditional Charadriidae is not monophyletic (Ericson et al. 2003)).