Miguel Nieves


Studies directed at shorebirds in urban areas in Venezuela are taking importance. The objective of this work is to report the presence of shorebirds in urban areas of Caracas. Visual records were carried out throughout 2019, 2020 and 2021 around water bodies of five different localities: Generalisimo Francisco de Miranda Park, Simón Bolívar Park, Caricuao Zoo, Laguito de Los Próceres area, and Guaire river. A total of 90 shorebirds records were obtained, harbored 10 species of three families: Charadriidae, Recurvirostridae and Scolopacidae. Two species were resident and eight migratory (boreal). Also, two species are new records from Caracas: the Semipalmated Sandpiper Calidris pusilla and the White-Rumped Sandpiper C. fuscicollis. The richer family was Scolopacidae but the most abundant was Charadriidae. The species most abundant was the Southern Lapwing Vanellus chilensis (63 records). Evidences of breeding in the Southern Lapwing were recorded in Simón Bolívar Park and the Generalísimo Francisco de Miranda Park. This study constitutes the first report of shorebirds in urban areas of Caracas, which reveals the importance of these areas as alternative habitat for resident and migratory birds.