19 March, 2013

Kentish Plover

Scientific Name: Charadrius alexandrinus

Population Estimate: Unknown, but Least Concern status

Range / Habitat: Breeds on sandy coasts and brackish inland lakes, and is uncommon on fresh water. Breeds widely across southern Europe and Asia. Winters in Africa and southeast Asia.

Field Notes: Smaller, paler, longer-legged and thinner-billed than Ringed Plover or Semipalmated Plover. Its breast band is never complete, and usually just appears as dark lateral patches on the sides of the breast. Upperparts are greyish brown and the underparts white in all plumages. The breast markings are black in summer adults, otherwise brown. Breeding males of some races have a black forehead bar and a black mask through the eye. The legs are black.

Personal Notes: Seen at Donana National Park, Spain. Some sources consider this conspecific with Snowy Plover.

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