The bird family Haematopodidae includes 10 species of waders in 1 genus, Haematopus.
These coastal birds can be found worldwide, except being absent from the polar regions and some tropical areas in Africa and South East Asia.
The members of this group are medium-sized shorebirds, with a plumage that is either all black or dark brown, or black / brown above and white below. The legs are flesh-colored and the dagger-like, long beak is orange-red. The shape of their bills range from pointed or blade-like bill tips - depending on theit diet.