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Photo © by martinuk
Laem Pak Bia, Phetchaburi Province, Thailand, March 2011
Anarhynchus dealbatus

Charadrius dealbatus


Very similar to Kentish Plover but differs in having more extensive white in face with absent to very weak loral markings. Additionally, the bill is slightly larger.


Breeds in southeastern China and Vietnam; winters to southeast Asia, Malay Peninsula and Sumatra


This is a monotypic species[1].
Formerly considered a subspecies of Kentish Plover or a plumage variation within that same species.


Breeding habits very poorly known. In non-breeding areas found in most coastal wet areas.


Migrant, almost exclusively known from non-breeding areas.


Calls given in winter very similar to those of Kentish Plover.


  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. del Hoyo, J., P. Wiersma, G. M. Kirwan, N. Collar, P. F. D. Boesman, and C. J. Sharpe (2021). White-faced Plover (Charadrius dealbatus), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (S. M. Billerman, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.whfplo2.01

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