Plains-wanderer in "Shorebirds of Australia"

To: "Dave Torr" <>
Subject: Plains-wanderer in "Shorebirds of Australia"
From: L&L Knight <>
Date: Thu, 17 Jan 2008 06:10:21 +1000
If the classification rule for "shorebirds" was "mostly grey birds that spend most of the day standing around" then emus would also qualify. I expect the reason that they aren't classified as shorebirds has more to do with the fact that they don't fly than the amount of time they spend around shores.

Regards, Laurie.

On 17/01/2008, at 5:55 AM, Dave Torr wrote:

Not really - not all "waders" wade - some are much happier inland. Banded Lapwings and Inland Dotterels are two examples that spring to mind that rarely get their toes wet! The grouping into "families" is done on lots of characteristics, not just the habitat and "Shorebirds" is generally taken to mean a specific scientific group. One could argue that a Silver Gull is a shorebird as you find it at the seaside, but it does not fit in the relevant
scientific group so I expect it will not be in your book.

On 17/01/2008, Peter Shute <> wrote:

I just bought "Shorebirds of Australia", and was surprised to see that it
covers Plains-wanderer.  I can understand their explanation that it's
closely related to other shorebirds, but if it doesn't look or act like one,
why include it?


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