What Are Waterbirds?
The term "waterbird" refers to bird species dependent on aquatic habitats to complete portions of their life cycles. Waterbirds can be further characterized by other non-technical terms relating to where they typically forage.
These terms are not exclusive, and vary depending where in the world they are used.
In North America, separate initiatives exist for shorebirds and waterfowl. You can find out more about the various bird initiatives in North America at the North American Bird Conservation Initiative (NABCI) website. Outside of North America, the term "waterbirds" usually refers to all aquatic bird species (in keeping with the terminology of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands).
November 30, 2007