This is a large group.  This group is very well represented in Arkansas.  They are diverse but they all share common traits.  These are the “shorebirds.”  Most of them like water and are adapted to live in or around water.  They are in well defined families and from a taxonomic point of view these birds seem well sorted.


  • Killdeer (Yr/C)
  • American Golden Plover (Mi/C)
  • Black-bellied Plover (Mi/U)
  • Semipalmated Plover (Mi/C)


  • American Avocet (Mi/U)
  • Black-necked Stilt (Br/C)


  • Greater Yellowlegs (Mi/C)
  • Lesser Yellowlegs (Mi/C)
  • Spotted Sandpiper (Mi/C)
  • Solitary Sandpiper (Mi/C)
  • Willet (Mi/U)
  • Hudsonian Godwit (Mi/U)
  • Marbled Godwit (Mi/U)
  • Whimbrel (Mi/U)
  • Upland Sandpiper (Mi/C)
  • Buff-breasted Sandpiper (Mi/U)
  • Ruddy Turnstone (Mi/U)
  • Sanderling (Mi/U)
  • Dunlin (Mi/U)
  • Pectoral Sandpiper (Mi/C)
  • White-rumped Sandpiper (Mi/C)
  • Baird’s Sandpiper (Mi/C)
  • Semipalmated Sandpiper (Mi/C)
  • Western Sandpiper (Mi/C)
  • Least Sandpiper (seen sporadically year round/C)
  • Stilt Sandpiper (Mi/C)
  • Long-billed Dowitcher (Mi/C)
  • Short-billed Dowitcher (Mi/C)
  • Wilson’s Snipe (Wi/C)
  • American Woodcock (Yr/C)
  • Wilson’s Phalarope (Mi/U)

Laridae-Gulls and Terns

  • Bonaparte’s Gull (Wi/C)
  • Franklin’s Gull (Mi/U)
  • Ring-billed Gull (Wi/C)
  • Herring Gull (Wi/C)
  • Black Tern (Mi/C)
  • Caspian Tern (Mi/C)
  • Common Tern (Mi/U)
  • Least Tern (Br/U)

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