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Kentish Plover

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Photo by tarabilla Almeria, Spain
Photo by tarabilla
Almeria, Spain
Charadrius alexandrinus


[edit] Identification

15-17.5 cm (6-7 in)

  • Upperparts greyish brown
  • Underparts white
  • Black legs

Female: has a grey head, lacking any black markings

[edit] Similar Species

FemalePhoto by Mark BruceOld salt ponds, Budai area, Taiwan, November 2008
Photo by Mark Bruce
Old salt ponds, Budai area, Taiwan, November 2008

Other similar Charadrius species lack the white hind collar and black patches on the sides of the breast.

[edit] Distribution

Found in Europe, Africa and Asia east to Indonesia.

[edit] Taxonomy

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 these birds were originally described as dealbatus, a name that later was accidentally transferred to the dealbatus subspecies of today.

[edit] Subspecies

JuvenilePhoto by charelliBrouwersdam, The Netherlands, December 2007
Photo by charelli
Brouwersdam, The Netherlands, December 2007

There are 3 subspecies1:

  • C. a. alexandrinus:
  • C. a. dealbatus:
  • C. a. seebohmi:

[edit] Habitat

Sandy coasts and brackish inland lakes, and is uncommon on fresh water.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Breeding

It nests in a ground scrape and lays 3-5 eggs.

[edit] Diet

Diet includes insects and other invertebrates.

[edit] Vocalisation

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White-faced Plover: a full species?Photo by martinukLaem Pak Bia, Phetchaburi Province, Thailand, March 2011
White-faced Plover: a full species?
Photo by martinuk
Laem Pak Bia, Phetchaburi Province, Thailand, March 2011

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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. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. Downloaded from
  2. Avibase
  3. Collins Bird Guide ISBN 0 00 219728
  4. Birdforum thread discussing AOU NACC proposal to split Snowy Plover and other taxonomic changes

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