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The world's most endangered gulls, button-quails, plovers and allies


Chart: conservation status of the world's gulls, button-quails, plovers and allies
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The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species evaluates the conservation status of plant and animal species. The list is based on scientific assessment of an organism's status by experts.

Conservation status of the world's gulls, button-quails, plovers and allies


Species comprising the chart above include:

FamilyScientific nameCommon name(s)Red List statusPopulation trend
HAEMATOPODIDAEHaematopus meadewaldoiCanarian Black Oystercatcher, Canary Islands OystercatcherEX
ALCIDAEPinguinus impennisGreat AukEX
SCOLOPACIDAEProsobonia ellisiWhite-winged SandpiperEX
SCOLOPACIDAEProsobonia leucopteraTahitian Sandpiper, Tahiti SandpiperEX
ALCIDAEBrachyramphus brevirostrisKittlitz's MurreletCRdecreasing
CHARADRIIDAECharadrius sanctaehelenaeSaint Helena Plover, St Helena Plover, St. Helena Plover, WirebirdCRincreasing
SCOLOPACIDAEEurynorhynchus pygmeusSpoon-billed Sandpiper, Spoonbill SandpiperCRdecreasing
RECURVIROSTRIDAEHimantopus novaezelandiaeBlack StiltCRincreasing
SCOLOPACIDAENumenius borealisEskimo CurlewCRunknown
SCOLOPACIDAENumenius tenuirostrisSlender-billed CurlewCRdecreasing
GLAREOLIDAERhinoptilus bitorquatusJerdon's CourserCRdecreasing
LARIDAESterna bernsteiniChinese Crested Tern, Chinese Crested-TernCRdecreasing
CHARADRIIDAEVanellus gregariusSociable Lapwing, Sociable PloverCRdecreasing
CHARADRIIDAEVanellus macropterusJavanese Lapwing, Javan Lapwing, Sunda PloverCRunknown
ALCIDAEBrachyramphus marmoratusMarbled MurreletENdecreasing
CHARADRIIDAECharadrius obscurusNew Zealand Dotterel, New Zealand Plover, Red-breasted PloverENincreasing
HAEMATOPODIDAEHaematopus chathamensisChatham Island Pied Oystercatcher, Chatham Islands Oystercatcher, Chatham OystercatcherENincreasing
LARIDAELarus bulleriBlack-billed GullENdecreasing
PEDIONOMIDAEPedionomus torquatusPlains-wandererENdecreasing
SCOLOPACIDAEProsobonia cancellataSharp-billed Sandpiper, Tuamotu SandpiperENdecreasing
ROSTRATULIDAERostratula australisAustralian Painted-snipe, Australian Painted SnipeENdecreasing
SCOLOPACIDAEScolopax rochusseniiMoluccan Woodcock, Obi WoodcockENdecreasing
LARIDAESterna acuticaudaBlack-bellied TernENdecreasing
LARIDAESterna albostriataBlack-fronted TernENdecreasing
LARIDAESterna lorataPeruvian TernENdecreasing
CHARADRIIDAEThinornis novaeseelandiaeShore Dotterel, Shore PloverENincreasing
SCOLOPACIDAETringa guttiferNordmann's Greenshank, Nordmanns Greenshank, Spotted GreenshankENdecreasing
CHARADRIIDAEAnarhynchus frontalisWrybillVUdecreasing
SCOLOPACIDAECalidris tenuirostrisGreat KnotVUdecreasing
CHARADRIIDAECharadrius thoracicusBlack-banded Plover, Madagascar PloverVUdecreasing
SCOLOPACIDAECoenocorypha pusillaChatham Island Snipe, Chatham Islands Snipe, Chatham SnipeVUstable
SCOLOPACIDAEGallinago macrodactylaMadagascar SnipeVUdecreasing
SCOLOPACIDAEGallinago nemoricolaWood SnipeVUdecreasing
GLAREOLIDAEGlareola ocularisMadagascar PratincoleVUdecreasing
LARIDAELarus atlanticusOlrog's GullVUdecreasing
LARIDAELarus fuliginosusLava GullVUincreasing
LARIDAELarus relictusRelict GullVUdecreasing
LARIDAELarus saundersiChinese Black-headed Gull, Saunders's GullVUdecreasing
SCOLOPACIDAENumenius madagascariensisEastern Curlew, Far Eastern CurlewVUdecreasing
SCOLOPACIDAENumenius tahitiensisBristle-thighed CurlewVUdecreasing
LARIDAERissa brevirostrisRed-legged KittiwakeVUdecreasing
LARIDAERynchops albicollisIndian SkimmerVUdecreasing
SCOLOPACIDAEScolopax miraAmami Woodcock, Ryukyu WoodcockVUstable
LARIDAESterna nereisFairy TernVUdecreasing
ALCIDAESynthliboramphus craveriCraveri's MurreletVUdecreasing
ALCIDAESynthliboramphus hypoleucusXantus's MurreletVUdecreasing
ALCIDAESynthliboramphus wumizusumeCrested Murrelet, Japanese MurreletVUdecreasing
CHARADRIIDAEThinornis rubricollisHooded Dotterel, Hooded PloverVUdecreasing
JACANIDAEActophilornis albinuchaMadagascar JacanaNTdecreasing
ALCIDAEBrachyramphus perdixLong-billed MurreletNTdecreasing
SCOLOPACIDAECalidris pusillaSemipalmated SandpiperNTdecreasing
CHARADRIIDAECharadrius javanicusJavan PloverNTdecreasing
CHARADRIIDAECharadrius melodusPiping PloverNTincreasing
CHARADRIIDAECharadrius montanusMountain PloverNTdecreasing
CHARADRIIDAECharadrius pallidusChestnut-banded PloverNTstable
CHARADRIIDAECharadrius peroniiMalaysian PloverNTdecreasing
SCOLOPACIDAECoenocorypha aucklandicaNew Zealand Snipe, Subantarctic SnipeNTstable
BURHINIDAEEsacus giganteusBeach Stone-curlew, Beach Thick-kneeNTdecreasing
SCOLOPACIDAEGallinago imperialisImperial SnipeNTdecreasing
SCOLOPACIDAEGallinago mediaGreat SnipeNTdecreasing
SCOLOPACIDAEGallinago nobilisNoble SnipeNTdecreasing
SCOLOPACIDAEGallinago stricklandiiFuegian SnipeNTdecreasing
GLAREOLIDAEGlareola nordmanniBlack-winged PratincoleNTdecreasing
HAEMATOPODIDAEHaematopus moquiniAfrican Black Oystercatcher, African OystercatcherNTincreasing
LARIDAELarosterna incaInca TernNTdecreasing
LARIDAELarus audouiniiAudouin's GullNTstable
LARIDAELarus heermanniHeermann's GullNTincreasing
LARIDAELarus leucophthalmusWhite-eyed GullNTstable
SCOLOPACIDAELimnodromus semipalmatusAsian Dowitcher, Asiatic DowitcherNTdecreasing
SCOLOPACIDAELimosa limosaBlack-tailed GodwitNTdecreasing
SCOLOPACIDAENumenius arquataCurlew, Eurasian CurlewNTdecreasing
LARIDAEPagophila eburneaIvory GullNTdecreasing
CHARADRIIDAEPhegornis mitchelliiDiademed Plover, Diademed Sandpiper-plover, Diademed Sandpiper-PloverNTdecreasing
CHIONIDAEPluvianellus socialisMagellanic PloverNTstable
LARIDAERynchops flavirostrisAfrican SkimmerNTdecreasing
SCOLOPACIDAEScolopax celebensisSulawesi WoodcockNTdecreasing
SCOLOPACIDAEScolopax saturataJavan WoodcockNTdecreasing
LARIDAESterna aurantiaRiver TernNTdecreasing
LARIDAESterna balaenarumDamara TernNTstable
LARIDAESterna elegansElegant TernNTstable
LARIDAESterna virgataKerguelen TernNTstable
SCOLOPACIDAETryngites subruficollisBuff-breasted SandpiperNTdecreasing
CHARADRIIDAEVanellus duvauceliiRiver LapwingNTunknown


This table and chart was last updated on August 8, 2012, based on data downloaded from the IUCN Red List site. For a species profile, click on its scientific name.

Least concern species are excluded from this list



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