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Scolopacidae - snipes, sandpipers, dowitchers

commonsnipeThe birds in this family are usually found on shorelines and in wetlands around the world, although there are some species, like the upland sandpiper, that live in grasslands. They have rounded heads, medium to long legs, medium to long pointed bills. Most species eat small invertebrates from the ground or water using their sharp bills. Most are brown, gray and white. Their young are precocial and leave the nest and feed themselves shortly after birth. There are 89 species in this family and 36 species are found in North America.

Endangered in NH Endangered in NH

Threatened in NH Threatened in NH


Endangered in the US Endangered in US

Threatened in the US Threatened in US

Breeds in NH

  New Hampshire Species    North/Central American Species
American Woodcock
Baird's Sandpiper
Buff-breasted Sandpiper
Common Snipe
Greater Yellowlegs
Hudsonian Godwit
Least Sandpiper
Lesser Yellowlegs
Long-billed Dowitcher
Marbled Godwit
Pectoral Sandpiper
Purple Sandpiper
Red Knot
Red Phalarope
Red-necked Phalarope
Ruddy Turnstone
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Solitary Sandpiper
Spotted Sandpiper
Stilt Sandpiper
Upland Sandpiper Endangered in NH
Western Sandpiper
White-rumped Sandpiper
Wilson's Phalarope

Bar-tailed Godwit
Black Turnstone
Bristle-thighed Curlew
Curlew Sandpiper
Long-billed Curlew
Rock Sandpiper
Rufous-necked Stint
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
Short-billed Dowitcher
Wandering Tattler