AEWA covers 254 species of birds ecologically dependent on wetlands for at least part of their annual cycle, including many species of divers, grebes, pelicans, cormorants, herons, storks, rails, ibises, spoonbills, flamingos, ducks, swans, geese, cranes, waders, gulls, terns, tropic birds, auks, frigate birds and even the south African penguin.
All AEWA species cross international boundaries during their migrations and require good quality habitat for breeding as well as a network of suitable sites to support their annual journeys. International cooperation across their entire migratory range, as provided by AEWA, is therefore essential for the conservation and management of migratory waterbird populations and the habitats on which they depend.
|Scientific name||Common name||Class||Order||Family||CMS Instruments|
|Gavia stellata||Red-throated Loon||Aves||Gaviiformes||Gaviidae||AEWA , CMS|
|Gavia immer||Common Loon||Aves||Gaviiformes||Gaviidae||AEWA , CMS|
|Gavia adamsii||Yellow-billed Loon||Aves||Gaviiformes||Gaviidae||AEWA , CMS|
|Gavia arctica||Black-throated Loon||Aves||Gaviiformes||Gaviidae||AEWA , CMS|