19 March, 2013

Little Ringed Plover

Scientific Name: Charadrius dubius

Population Estimate: 280K - 530K

Range / Habitat: Migratory birds who breed on open gravel areas near freshwater throughout Europe and western Asia. They winter in Africa and southeast Asia.

Field Notes: Small plover with grey-brown back and wings, a white belly, and a white breast with one black neckband. They have a brown cap, a white forehead, a black mask around the eyes with white above and a short dark bill. In contrast to the larger Ringed Plover, Little Ringed Plover has flesh-colored legs and a distinct yellow eye-ring.

Personal Notes: Seen at Donana National Park, Spain.

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