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Order Charadriiformes

kar ad rI uh form' Ez, shorebirds

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Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)
are very tolerant of human civilization, and have even been known to nest in the midst of heavy traffic areas. Despite being classed as a "shorebird," killdeer prefer to nest in areas far from water, and in some urban areas have even been known to nest on graveled rooftops.

American Oystercatcher (Haematopus palliatus)
The American Oystercatcher (Haematopus palliatus)
is distinguished from other oystercatchers by its brownish back, which contrasts with its black head, and in having yellowish eyes surrounded by red eye-rings.

Laughing Gull (Larus atricilla)
Laughing Gull (Larus atricilla)
Named for its characteristic "laughing" call, this gull is also distinguished from other gulls during the breeding season by a black cap with narrow white crescents around the eyes. An opportunistic feeder, it is known to steal food from brown pelicans, landing on the pelican's head and literally snatching fish from its bill pouch.

Black-Headed Gull (Larus ridibundus)
Black-Headed Gull (Larus ridibundus)
Despite its name, this gull actually has a head that is more of a dark brown than black. Narrow white crescents almost meet behind the eyes but not in front, the back is gray, the outer wing feathers are white with black tips and blackish undersides, the tail is white, and the bill and legs are dark red.

American avocet (Recurvirostra americana)
The American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana)
is the tallest and longest-legged bird in its family. It is also the only avocet with distinct breeding and non-breeding plumages, both of which feature very prominent black-and-white patterns.

Greenshank (Tringa nebularia)
Greenshank (Tringa nebularia)
This is a medium-sized wading bird, averaging about 12 inches in body length. It is distinguished from other waders by its long green legs and slightly up-turned bill.

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