Greater Sand-Plover

Thalasseus bergii cristatus

Order

CHARADRIIFORMES

Family

Lapwings and Plovers (Charadriidae)

Code 4

Non-AOU

Code 6

CHALES

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Greater Sand-Plover has a large breeding range of more than 3,400,000 square kilometers. This small shorebird breeds in open grasslands from central Turkey east to central Asia and Mongolia. It winters in estuaries and other coastal habitats in many parts of northeastern, eastern, and southern Africa, India, southeastern Asia, the Philippines, Indonesia, Australia, and islands in the south Pacific. The global population of this species is estimated to be anywhere from 180,000 to 360,000 individuals and is believed to be stable enough to warrant a conservation rating of Least Concern.

SUMMARY

Overview

Greater Sand-Plover: Small plover, black bill and mask. White front, throat, belly, vent. Gray-brown above, orange-brown nape and breast. White stripe on long wings. Medium tail, black-gray tip. Female, winter male lack orange-brown and black on head, white below, on front, buff nape and behind eye. Juvenile like female but buff scaling on back.

 

Range and Habitat

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Greater Sand-Plover SONGS AND CALLS

Greater Sand-Plover OO1

Trilled calls given in flight.

Greater Sand-Plover W1

Call is a rolling "trrrrri".

Similar Sounding

Lesser Sand-Plover W3

Low "krrreeeerrr" calls.


Voice Text

"trrri", "trrrreew"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Greater Sand-Plover's species name commemorates French botanist Jean Baptiste Leschenault de la Tour.
  • The official British Ornithologists' Union spelling for this bird is Greater Sand Plover, but it is also commonly given as Greater Sandplover.
  • These birds are gregarious, feeding in flocks of up to 50 and roosting in groups of up to 1000.
  • A group of plovers has many collective nouns, including a "brace", "congregation", "deceit", "ponderance" and "wing" of plovers.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP PALAU

About this Palau Map

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

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Artist

Chris Vest

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VentX
Birds do not have two separate cavities for excrement and reproduction like humans do. In birds, there is one single entrance/exit that suits both functions called the vent, cloaca or anus.
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