Waders are long-legged wading birds often with long bills.
They usually live in and around wetlands or coastal environments. Most of the species that live in Iceland are strongly migratory. Some of them are amongst the longest distance migrants. They spend the non-breeding season in the southern hemisphere. Most of them arrive in Iceland in early spring, from March to May and leave in the end of summer or beginning of autumn.

The majority of them eat small invertebrates. Different lengths of bills make it possible for these different species to feed in the same places without competition, especially on the coast.

heiðlóa Heiðlóa – Golden Plover – Pluvialis apricaria ORNOSK blogs
hrossagaukur Hrossagaukur – Snipe – Gallinago gallinago ORNOSK blogs
Jaðrakan Jaðrakan – Black-tailed Godwit – Limosa limosa ORNOSK blogs
Lóuþræll Lóuþræll – Dunlin  – Calidris alpina ORNOSK blogs
Óðinshani Óðinshani –  Red-necked Phalarope  – Phalaropus lobatus ORNOSK blogs
rauðbrystingur Rauðbrystingur – Red Knot – Calidris canutus ORNOSK blogs
sanderla Sanderla – Sanderling – Calidris alba ORNOSK blogs
sandlóa Sandlóa – Ringed Plover – Charadrius hiaticula ORNOSK blogs
sendlingur Sendlingur – Purple Sandpiper – Calidris maritima ORNOSK blogs
Spói Spói – Whimbrel – Numenius phaeopus ORNOSK blogs
stelkur Stelkur – Redshank – Tringa totanus ORNOSK blogs
tildra Tildra – Ruddy Turnstone  – Arenaria interpres ORNOSK blogs
tjaldur Tjaldur – Oyestercatcher – Haematopus ostralegus ORNOSK blogs
Þórshani – Red Phalarope – Phalaropus fulicarius ORNOSK blogs

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