Order Charadriiformes

Family Chionidae

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  • Chunky, pigeon-like shorebirds with stout legs and distinctive bill sheaths.
  • Antarctic Peninsula and subantarctic islands of Atlantic and Indian Oceans.
  • Terrestrial and intertidal.
  • 34-41 cm.
  • 1 genus, 2 species, 5 taxa.
  • 0 species threatened;
    none extinct since 1600.

Recommended citation

Burger, A.E. & Bonan, A. (2019). Sheathbills (Chionidae). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/52247 on 9 December 2019).