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  Double-banded Plover (Charadrius bicinctus)





Double-banded Plover | Charadrius bicinctus photo
Double-banded Plover (Charadrius bicinctus)

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BIRD FACTS

Description
The Double-banded Plover is a small shorebird. The non breeding plumage is brown above and white below, with pale neck band and pale band above the eye. The breeding plumage has narrow dark band on upper chest and broader reddish brown band on lower chest. The wings have a narrow bar down the centre which is visible on upper surface in flight. Juveniles are similar to non breeding adults but a bit browner and have darker bill.

Size
20 cm

Habitat
found in a variety of habitats including beaches, mudflats, fields, dunes, grassland

Food
insects, mollusks, crustaceans, seeds

Breeding
nest is a scrape in the ground in gravelly or sandy ground

Range
found in eastern Queensland, eastern New South Wales, Victoria, southern South Australia and Tasmania

distribution map showing range of Charadrius bicinctus in Australia

Map is from Atlas of Living Australia website at http://biocache.ala.org.au licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License




Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Charadriiformes
Family:Charadriidae
Genus:Charadrius
Species:bicinctus
Common Name:Double-banded Plover

Relatives in same Genus
  Kentish Plover (C. alexandrinus)
  Inland Dotterel (C. australis)
  Little Ringed Plover (C. dubius)
  Ringed Plover (C. hiaticula)
  Greater Sand Plover (C. leschenaultii)
  Lesser Sand Plover (C. mongolus)
  Red-capped Plover (C. ruficapillus)