What is a Wading Bird?
This term describes a wide range of birds of all sizes, shapes and colors that forage in shallow water. They are commonly found all over the world, in both fresh and saltwater habitats, and on every continent except Antarctica. All wading birds have long, thin legs and long, agile toes. Many species also have specialized bill shapes and sizes to help them catch and eat their food.
At the Zoo
Philadelphia Zoo houses a variety of wading birds. During your next visit be on the lookout for flamingos, hamerkops, storks and more.
Birds of Prey