Alternative name: Mongolian Plover
- Charadrius mongolus
- Grey back
- White underparts
- Legs are dark and the bill black
- Chestnut breast, forehead and nape
- Black eye mask
The female is similar but duller
Winter and juvenile birds lack the chestnut
The two groups mentioned under taxonomy differ in several characters, such that a member of the mongolus group on average are larger than an atrifrons sand plover, and mongolus have mottled flanks where atrifrons have clean white flanks.
 Similar Species
Greater Sand Plover
Breeds in northern Asia. Winters in south Asia, Africa and Australia.
Vagrants have been recorded in Europe and America.
There are five races, which fall in two groups:
- mongulus are the large east Asian forms, C. m. mongolus and C. m. stegmanni which are sometimes given specific status as Mongolian Plover, Charadrius mongolus.
- atrifrons consists of atrifrons, pamirensis and schaeferi which, if the taxonomic split is accepted, becomes a narrower Lesser Sandplover Charadrius atrifrons.
Photo by Gashead
Dubai, United Arab Emirates,
- Kamchatka to Chukotsk Peninsula; winters to Australia
Coastal shores, mudflats and fields
It nests in a bare ground scrape, laying 3 eggs.
Diet includes insects, crustaceans and annelid worms.
Flight call is a hard trill.
- Clements, JF. 2011. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to August 2011. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
- Collins Bird Guide ISBN 0 00 219728 6
- Thread in Birdforum Id forum discussing Lesser vs Greater Sand Plover identification
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