Wetlands as Bird Habitat

Why are wetlands important to so many bird species?

September 15, 2021

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Wetlands as Bird Habitat


In this episode, we’re going to look at wetlands as habitats for birds.

We’ll start with how to recognize—how to define—a wetland ecosystem. Then, we’ll get into why these ecosystems are so important to birds. How do birds use wetlands as habitat? Next, I’ll highlight a few examples of bird species that depend on wetlands. Then we’ll talk about the conservation issues surrounding wetlands, and how their loss is affecting birds.

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Photos of Some Species Mentioned

Black Tern (Chlidonias niger). Photo by porojnicu/Adobe.
Ruddy Duck male (Oxyura jamaicensis). Photo by ondrejprosicky/Adobe.
Snail Kite (Rostrhamus sociabilis) with Apple Snail. Photo by Brian Lasenby/Adobe.
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (Calidris acuminata). Photo by AGAMI/Adobe.


  • Black Tern sounds (Xeno Canto recording XC281194)
  • Ruddy Duck sounds (Xeno Canto recording XC656418)
  • Snail Kite sounds (Xeno Canto recording XC229121)
  • Sharp-tailed Sandpiper sounds (Xeno Canto recording XC396683)

This work by Ivan Phillipsen is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

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