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photo © by Neil Fifer
Sydney, Australia
Anarhynchus ruficapillus

Charadrius ruficapillus


14–16 cm (5½-6¼ in); a small plover

  • White body
  • Brown wings
  • Reddish-brown cap
  • Dark eye stripe, lores and frontal bar
  • White supercilium

The female is similar, but the cap is much diminished to just a brow and reddish-brown tints around the face.


Photo © by aussiebirdo11
Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, August 2016

Throughout Australia (except arid areas) and Tasmania.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Mostly coastal; found on sandy/shell beaches with nearby mudflts. River edges and lakes inland.



Breeds Sep. - Jan. Nest depression in soil or sand lined with shell, stones or vegetation. Eggs 2-3 pale green spotted.


Photo © by Neil
Sydney, Australia, September 2004

Diet consists of insects larvae, small crustaceans also some seeds.


'Voice: a sharp tink and faint trills.


  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 2016)

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