Chances are, you're familiar with shorebirds even if you live hundreds of miles from a coast or body of water. About one quarter of the world's shorebirds occur in North America and although many species breed along coastlines, others breed in the boreal and temperate forests of the northern United States and Canada.
Shorebirds are not limited to the Americas though. The group is worldwide in distribution. Perhaps the most notable feature of shorebirds is their migration abilities. The group includes some of the most skilled fliers that undertake some of the longest migrations of all birds. The Arcitic tern, for example, y round-trip each year from the waters of the Antarctic where they spend the winter months to the Arctic where they breed.
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