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Showing Order Charadriiformes between Cairns and Cape Tribulation

Order Charadriiformes

Beach stone-curlew

Beach stone-curlew
Esacus magnirostris

Large ground dwelling bird that is becoming rare, especially south of Cairns.

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Black-fronted dotterel

Black-fronted dotterel
Elseyornis melanops

A small wading plover found throughout much of Australia

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Black-winged stilt

Black-winged stilt
Himantopus himantopus

A medium sized, black and white wader found in fresh and brackish wetlands and mangroves.

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Bush stone-curlews

Bush stone-curlew
Burhinus grallarius

When you hear a scream at night, it is quite possibly just one of these interesting birds.

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Greater Crested Tern

Greater Crested Tern
Thalasseus bergii subsp. cristata

Greater Crested Terns can be seen in large colonies along the rocky coast and small islands between Cairns and Cape Tribulation

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Greater sand plover

Greater sand plover
Charadrius leschenaultii

This small wader can often be spotted along the intertidal areas between Cairn and Cape Tribulation hunting for food.

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Masked Lapwing Plover

Masked Lapwing Plover
Vanellus miles

Often maligned for their bold (and aggressively defensive) nesting habits, Lapwing Plovers are usually shy and harmless.

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Pied oystercatcher

Pied oystercatcher
Haematopus longirostris

A commonly seen wading bird along the coast between Cairns and Cape Tribulation

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Terek sandpiper

Terek sandpiper
Xenus cinereus

Named after the river where it was first spotted, near the Caspian Sea, this is a small migratory wader often seen in shallows around the coast.

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