Little Ringed Plover

Charadrius dubius

Order

CHARADRIIFORMES

Family

Lapwings and Plovers (Charadriidae)

Code 4

LRPL

Code 6

CHADUB

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Little Ringed Plover has a large range, estimated globally at 10,000,000 square kilometers. Native to Europe, Asia, and Africa and introduced to the United States this bird prefers forest, grassland, wetland, and marine ecosystems. The global population of this bird is estimated at 210,000 to 470,000 individuals and does not show signs of decline that would necessitate inclusion on the IUCN Red List. For this reason, the current evaluation status of the Little Ringed Plover is Least Concern.

SUMMARY

Overview

Little Ringed Plover: Small, slim plover with brown upperparts and white collar. Bill, lores, forehead, auriculars, and breast band dark, contrasting with white forecrown and white bar behind the dark crown. Conspicuous eye-ring is yellow; legs are dull pink-yellow. Does not show wing bar in flight.

 

Range and Habitat

Little Ringed Plover: Breeding habitat is open gravel areas near freshwater, including gravel pits, islands and river edges in Europe and western Asia. They are migratory, and winter in Africa. Casual to Aleutians in spring. Preferred habitats include sandy or rocky lakes shores, on migration mudflats.

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Little Ringed Plover SONGS AND CALLS

Little Ringed Plover L1

Alarm call is a rapidly repeated "peek".

Little Ringed Plover L2

Raspy "reeuh" calls given during a display flight.

Similar Sounding

Common Ringed Plover S1

Call is a whistled "tu-weea".


Voice Text

"preeuh", "peek", "reeuh"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Little Ringed Plover quickly colonizes new gravel pits, often while they are still being excavated.
  • A breeding pair is sometimes joined by a third bird, male or female, which readily takes part in incubation, care of the young and even defence of the territory.
  • 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

Artist

Yury Lisyak

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UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
BreastX
The upper front part of a bird.
CollarX
Similar to the upper part of the human neck, located at the back of the crown.
CrownX
The crown is the top part of the birds head.
UnderpartsX

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

Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
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