Kentish Plover

Charadrius alexandrinus nihonensis

Order

CHARADRIIFORMES

Family

Lapwings and Plovers (Charadriidae)

Code 4

Non-AOU

Code 6

TRISTA

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Kentish Plover has a very large range with localized populations found along the coasts and in some inland areas of western Europe, northern Africa, parts of sub-Saharan Africa, the caucus region, the Middle East, central, southern and eastern Asia, and the Americas. This small plover occurs in coastal lagoons, salt pans, dunes, sandy shores, and mudflats. The Kentish Plover has an estimated global population of 300,000 - 460,000, is not included on the IUCN Red List, and is evaluated as Least Concern.

SUMMARY

Overview

Kentish Plover: Small shorebird with dark gray legs, short black bill, and white underparts. Brown upperparts, pale-brown and black wings with white stripe. White and black striped collar, pale-red-brown crown and nape. White forehead and throat with black eyeline. Brown eyes. Tail black in center and white on sides.


Range and Habitat

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Kentish Plover SONGS AND CALLS

Kentish Plover E1

Call is an upslurred "toeeet".

Kentish Plover KK1

Typical whistled calls.

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"pyur-ree-et pyur-ree-et", "toeeet"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Breeding birds located in warmer climates are usually sedentary. Birds located northern and inland are migratory and spend their winters south to the tropics.
  • Pairs are usually monogamous over several years. Polyandry and polygyny occasionally occurs if one of the parents leaves early in the season or if a parent hatches the young or loses brood early.
  • They breed on brackish inland lakes and sandy coasts. They are not usually found on fresh water.
  • A group of plovers has many collective nouns, including a "brace", "congregation", "deceit", "ponderance" and "wing" of plovers.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP PALAU

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FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

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Michael Oberhofer

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UnderpartsX

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

UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
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.
NapeX
Also called the hindneck or collar, it is the back of the neck where the head joins the body.
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