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Photo © by tarabilla
Almeria, Spain
Anarhynchus alexandrinus

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

Similar Species

Photo © by Mark Bruce
Old salt ponds, Budai area, Taiwan, November 2008

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.


Photo © by charelli
Brouwersdam, The Netherlands, December 2007

There are 4 subspecies1:

  • A. a. alexandrinus:
  • A. a. nihonensis
  • Breeds coasts of extreme southeastern Russia, Sakhalin Island, the Kuril Islands, northern Japan, and perhaps northeastern China; non-breeding range unknown
  • A. 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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  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. Avibase
  3. Collins Bird Guide ISBN 0 00 219728
  4. Birdforum thread discussing AOU NACC proposal to split Snowy Plover and other taxonomic changes

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