Some shorebirds migrate to Australia during the southern hemisphere's summer.(e.g. The Sandpiper Family and some plovers.)
While others are Australian residents. And some species are even unique (endemic) to Australia, like the Banded Stilt.
An odd inclusion into the shorebird family (and a recent reclassification) is the Plains Wanderer, which prefers grasslands, rather than
swamps or coastal areas, and is more similar to a quail in behavior and appearance. Its habitat preference is not unique however, with birds like Oriental Plovers, pratincoles and Little Curlews, all spending time around inland grasslands throughout Australia.
Australia occassionally recieves a number of vagrant shorebird species, but these have not been listed on this page.
For more shorebird images, go to the "Oz Twitcher" section.