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Greater Sand Plover

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Breeding plumage, subspecies leschenaultiiPhoto © by bievreJJHsinchu, Taiwan, April 2017
Breeding plumage, subspecies leschenaultii
Photo © by bievreJJ
Hsinchu, Taiwan, April 2017
Charadrius leschenaultii


[edit] Identification

Non-breeding plumage. Ssp. leschenaultiiPhoto © by SeeTohMarina East Drive, Singapore, September 2017
Non-breeding plumage. Ssp. leschenaultii
Photo © by SeeToh
Marina East Drive, Singapore, September 2017

20–25 cm (7¾-9¾ in)

  • Chestnut crown and upper breast
  • Black mask
  • White throat

[edit] 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

[edit] Distribution

Breeds in south-central Asia; winters to southern Africa, southern Asia, and Australasia. Accidental vagrant to California (1 record).

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies

There are 3 subspecies1:

  • C. l. columbinus:
  • breeds Turkey to southern Afghanistan; winters south-eastern Mediterranean and Red Sea
  • C. l. crassirostris:
  • C. l. leschenaultii:

[edit] Habitat

Tidal flats, salt pans and estuaries.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

Insectivorous; their main diet consists of beetles, snails and worms. They also eat shrimps, crabs, termites etc.

[edit] Gallery

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[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved August 2014)

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