Oriental Plover

Charadrius veredus




Lapwings and Plovers (Charadriidae)

Code 4


Code 6



Egg Color:

Gray-green or buff with black-brown blotches.

Number of Eggs:


Incubation Days:


Egg Incubator:

Both sexes

Nest Location:

Nest is laid in a shallow scrape or on wide-open, arid plains.

Nest Material:

Vegetation and cow dung.





Oriental Plover: Medium plover with white head, gray-brown on back of crown and back, black band separates orange-brown breast from white belly. Black, straight, medium bill. Fairly long, pointed, gray-brown wings with white shafts of two outer primaries. Medium, gray-brown, rectangular tail. Long, green-yellow legs and feet. Feeds on insects. Forages by running for a short distance and then stopping to reach down and pick up prey with its bill. May do most of its foraging at night.

Breeding and Nesting

Oriental Plover: Three gray-green or buff eggs with black-brown blotches are laid in a shallow scrape on wide-open, arid plains. The nest is lined with bits of vegetation and cow dung. Incubation is carried out by both sexes for 30 days.

Foraging and Feeding

Oriental Plover: Feeds on insects, especially grasshoppers and other insects that occur in open grasslands and semi-arid habitats. It forages by quickly running and then stopping to look for prey. When prey is sighted, the plover quickly stoops down to pick it off the ground with its bill. The Oriental Plover may do most of its foraging at night.


Oriental Plover: Flight call is a sharp, whistled "chip-chip-chip." Also has trilled calls and a short "klink" call.

The ventral part of the bird, or the area between the flanks on each side and the crissum and breast. Flight muscles are located between the belly and the breast.
The upper front part of a bird.
The crown is the top part of the birds head.
Outer primariesX
The outer primaries are the primary feathers on the wing farthest from the body. They often appear to be the longest feathers on the wing.
The primaries are the flight feathers specialized for flight. They are attached to the "hand" equivalent part of the wing.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X