Lesser Sand-Plover

Charadrius mongolus

Order

CHARADRIIFORMES

Family

Lapwings and Plovers (Charadriidae)

Code 4

LSAP

Code 6

CHAMON

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Lesser Sand-Plover is evaluated as Least Concern at this time. The prior rating of the Lesser Sand-Plover was Lower Risk. This rating was downgraded to Least Concern in 2004 as a result of the range and population of the Lesser Sand-Plover. The range of this bird species is about 1 million square kilometers. The population of the Lesser Sand-Plover is about 150,000 individual birds. At this time there are no known threats facing the Lesser Sand-Plover that could potentially endanger the range or the population of this bird species. This bird is native to most of the world.

SUMMARY

Overview

Lesser Sand-Plover: Medium-sized, chunky plover with gray upperparts, white underparts, and bright rust-brown breast band and nape. The head has gray-brown cap and thick black eyestripe broken by a white forehead. Throat is white with a black border. Bill is black and legs and feet are black.

 

Range and Habitat

Lesser Sand-Plover: Asian species; rare migrant on Aleutians and islands off western Alaska. Casual in summer in western and northwestern Alaska, where it has bred; accidental in eastern North America. Prefers tundra and alpine tundra for nesting; winters on coastal tidal flats, estuaries, and sandy beaches.

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Lesser Sand-Plover SONGS AND CALLS

Lesser Sand-Plover W1

Call is a hard "drrrit".

Lesser Sand-Plover W2

Territorial calls given by two birds.

Similar Sounding

Greater Sand-Plover W1

Call is a rolling "trrrrri".


Voice Text

"kruit-kruit", "drrrit", "krrreeeerrr"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Lesser Sand-plover was first described by Peter Simon Pallas, a German zoologist and botanist, in 1776.
  • It is also known as the Mongolian Plover, the Tibetan Plover, the Mongolian Sandplover, the Mongolian Dotterel, and the Mongolian sand-dotterel.
  • They forage using a run-and-pause technique, rather than the steady probing of some other wader groups.
  • A group of plovers has many collective nouns, including a "brace", "congregation", "deceit", "ponderance" and "wing" of plovers.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

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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

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Artist

Chris Vest

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

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