Scientific Journal of the BirdLife Hungary

A Magyar Madártani és Természetvédelmi Egyesület tudományos folyóirata

Ornis Hungarica. vol.19. (2011) p.85-108.

American shorebirds in Hungary
Hadarics Tibor

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Nearctic species, predominantly shorebirds are regularly observed in Europe, and thus
in Hungary. Previously, these individuals were considered vagrants, stray individuals whom
were unfortunate enough to end up in Europe through their regular migration. However, evi-
dence is building up supporting that these birds take advantage of the Atlantic large scale wind systems and in small numbers migrate through Europe to Africa. The three most common American species in Europe are the pectoral, white-rumped and buff-breasted sandpipers. The phenology of observations of these species is fitting the pattern observed in other European countries. However, in case of the pectoral sandpiper the patterns suggest that these birds are at least partially originating from Siberia and not the American continent.