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Greater Sand Plover - BirdForum Opus

Breeding plumage, subspecies leschenaultii
Photo © by bievreJJ
Hsinchu, Taiwan, April 2017
Anarhynchus leschenaultii

Charadrius leschenaultii


Non-breeding plumage. Ssp. leschenaultii
Photo © by SeeToh
Marina East Drive, Singapore, September 2017

20–25 cm (7¾-9¾ in)

  • Chestnut crown and upper breast
  • Black mask
  • White throat

Similar Species

Very similar to Siberian Sand Plover and Tibetan Sand Plover but differs by combination of following subtle features:

  • larger size
  • longer appearance
  • squarer head
  • thicker and longer bill with more tapered tip
  • longer tibia
  • typically paler legs usually tinged greenish or yellowish


Breeds in south-central Asia; winters to southern Africa, southern Asia, and Australasia. Accidental vagrant to California (1 record).



There are 3 subspecies1:

  • A. l. columbinus:
  • breeds Turkey to southern Afghanistan; winters south-eastern Mediterranean and Red Sea
  • A. l. crassirostris:
  • A. l. leschenaultii:


Tidal flats, salt pans and estuaries.



Insectivorous; their main diet consists of beetles, snails and worms. They also eat shrimps, crabs, termites etc.


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  1. Clements, J. F., P. C. Rasmussen, T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, A. Spencer, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2023. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2023. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved August 2014)

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