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What is a Waterbird?

Waterbirds encompassed by the Waterbird Monitoring Partnership are seabirds (such as auks, albatrosses, storm-petrels, frigate birds), coastal waterbirds (such as gulls, terns, pelicans and cormorants), wading birds (such as herons, ibises and storks), and marshbirds (such as loons, grebes, bitterns, rails, and cranes).

Bird families of species included in the Waterbird Monitoring Partnership
Family Species
Gaviidae
Podicipedidae
Diomedeidae
Procellariidae
Hydrobatidae
Phaethontidae
Sulidae
Pelecanidae
Phalacrocoracidae Anhingidae
Fregatidae
Ardeidae
Threskiornithidae
Ciconiidae
Phoenicopteridae
Rallidae
Aramidae
Gruidae
Laridae

Alcidae

loons
grebes
albatrosses
shearwaters, petrels
storm-petrels
tropicbirds
boobies, gannet
pelicans
cormorants
darters
frigatebirds
herons, egrets, bitterns
ibises, spoonbill
storks
flamingo
rails, gallinules, coots
limpkin
cranes
jaegers, skuas, gulls, terns, skimmers
auks, murres, puffins

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