- Charadrius alexandrinus
15-17.5 cm (6-7 in)
- Upperparts greyish brown
- Underparts white
- Black legs
Female: has a grey head, lacking any black markings
Most other similar Charadrius plovers lack combination of white hind collar and black patches on the sides of the breast, but see Snowy Plover and White-faced Plover.
Found in Europe, Africa and Asia east to Indonesia.
Snowy Plover from the Americas was formerly considered conspecific. The White-faced Plover from southeast Asia was recently split out as a full species.
There are 4 subspecies1:
- C. a. alexandrinus:
- Breeds Western Palearctic to north-eastern China, southern Japan, and Ryukyu Islands; winters to Africa, southern Asia, the Philippines, Indonesia, and Borneo
- C. a. nihonensis
- C. a. seebohmi:
Sandy coasts and brackish inland lakes, and is uncommon on fresh water.
It nests in a ground scrape and lays 3-5 eggs.
Diet includes insects and other invertebrates.
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Photo © by Shantilal Varu
Bhavnagar, Gujarat, India, April-2018
- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2021. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2021. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- Collins Bird Guide ISBN 0 00 219728
- Birdforum thread discussing AOU NACC proposal to split Snowy Plover and other taxonomic changes
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2023) Kentish Plover. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 3 June 2023 from https://www.birdforum.net/opus/Kentish_Plover
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