Photo by SeeToh
Non-breeding plumage. Ssp. leschenaultii
. Marina East Drive, Singapore
, September 2017
- Charadrius leschenaultii
20â€“25 cm (7Â¾-9Â¾ in)
- Chestnut crown and upper breast
- Black mask
- White throat
 Similar Species
Very similar to Lesser Sand Plover but differs by combination of following subtle features:
- larger size
- longer appearance
- squarer head
- thicker and longer bill with more tapered tip
- longer tibia
- typically paler legs usually tinged greenish or yellowish
Breeds in south-central Asia; winters to southern Africa, southern Asia, and Australasia.
Accidental vagrant to California (1 record).
There are 3 subspecies1:
- breeds Turkey to southern Afghanistan; winters south-eastern Mediterranean and Red Sea
Tidal flats, salt pans and estuaries.
Insectivorous; their main diet consists of beetles, snails and worms. They also eat shrimps, crabs, termites etc.
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- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved August 2014)
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