The Stilt Sandpiper breeds in the open arctic tundra of North America. It is a long-distance migrant, wintering mainly in northern South America. It occurs as a rare vagrant in western Europe, Japan and northern Australia.
The Roseate Spoonbill is sometimes placed in its own genus – Ajaja. A 2010 study of mitochondrial DNA of the spoonbills by Chesser and colleagues found that the roseate and yellow-billed spoonbills were each other’s closest relatives, and the two were descended from an early offshoot from the ancestors of the other four spoonbill species. They felt the genetic evidence meant it was equally valid to consider all six to be classified within the genus Platalea or alternatively the two placed in the monotypic genera Platibis and Ajaja, respectively. However, as the six species were so similar morphologically, keeping them within the one genus made more sense.
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What long-distance travelers those Sandpipers are!! And of course you know I love the Spoonbills…. Thank you for sharing so much detailed info about their taxonomy, HJ! (is ‘taxonomy’ even the correct term?! )
Yes, you are correct with Taxonomy. Thank you very much, Carol. 🙂
Nice to see them👌🏻
Thank you very much, Athira. 🙂
My pleasure..Keep in touch
Two awesome captures, HJ ❤️
Thank you, Donna. 🙂