Common Ringed Plover

Charadrius hiaticula

Order

CHARADRIIFORMES

Family

Lapwings and Plovers (Charadriidae)

Code 4

CRPL

Code 6

CHAHIA

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Common Ringed Plover’s breeding habitat is open ground and beach areas throughout northern Eurasia flatlands and the Arctic region of northeastern Canada. This species prefers little to no vegetation. Some members of the species will also breed inland and in northern France. Nests are scraped in the sand. During the winter months, the Common Ringed Plover migrates to coastal areas of South Africa. Those who live in Great Britain and northern France are typically year-round residents. This species forages for food such as insects, crustaceans and worms. They also eat food on the beach, or dine on organisms found in tidal flats and fields. The current conservation rating for the Common Ringed Plover is Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Common Ringed Plover: Plump little plover with dark gray-brown upperparts, pure white underparts, and strong black mask and chest band. Base of dark-tipped bill and legs are bright orange. Frequents mudflats. Eats worms, aquatic insects, crustaceans and mollusks. Direct flight with rapid wing beats.

 

Range and Habitat

Common Ringed Plover: In North America, this species breeds near the eastern, southern, and western coasts of Greenland, northeast Baffin Island, and the south coast of Ellesmere Island. Occasionally seen as a spring migrant on the Aleutian Islands and may linger to breed. Found on beaches, fields, and tidal flats.

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Common Ringed Plover SONGS AND CALLS

Common Ringed Plover I1

Display call is a "tu-wee-uh".

Common Ringed Plover S1

Call is a whistled "tu-weea".

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"poo-ee"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • If a potential predator approaches its nest, the Common Ringed Plover will feign a broken wing to lure the intruder away.
  • It will sometimes use "foot-trembling" to stir up food and startle prey into movement.
  • Males tend to perform more nighttime egg incubation, while females incubate more during the day.
  • A group of plovers has many collective nouns, including a "brace", "congregation", "deceit", "ponderance" and "wing" of plovers.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

About this North America Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

RANGE MAP PALAU

About this Palau Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across the Palau islands.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Michael Oberhofer

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UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
ChestX
Also called the breast area, it is the frontal area on the body containing the breastplate and major flight muscles.
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