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Female: has a grey head, lacking any black markings
Snowy Plover from the Americas was formerly considered conspecific.
A form discovered in southeast Asia (Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, China) and commonly named White-faced Plover may belong to this species or form a full species. It seems that this birds were originally described as dealbatus, a name that later was accidentally transferred to the dealbatus subspecies of today.
Sandy coasts and brackish inland lakes, and is uncommon on fresh water.
It nests in a ground scrape and lays 3-5 eggs.
Diet includes insects and other invertebrates.
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