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  Little Ringed Plover (Charadrius dubius)





Little Ringed Plover | Charadrius dubius photo
Little Ringed Plover

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Little Ringed Plover | Charadrius dubius photo
Little Ringed Plover

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Little Ringed Plover | Charadrius dubius photo
Little Ringed Plovers squabbling

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Little Ringed Plover | Charadrius dubius photo
Little Ringed Plover with wings raised

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BIRD FACTS

Description
The Little Ringed Plover is a small plover. The adult breeding plumage has grey back, white underside, white neck collar with broad black neck band below the white collar, black face with white patch above the bill (giving the appearance of black and white bars on face). The eye has a distinct yellow ring. The non breeding plumage is grey above, white underside, white collar and grey neck band and grey head markings.

Size
18 cm

Habitat
freshwater wetlands on sand or mudflats

Food
insects and worms

Breeding
the nest is on the ground on stones

Range
breeds in east Asia. It is a rare migrant to coast of Northern Territory and Western Australia

distribution map showing range of Charadrius dubius 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:dubius
Common Name:Little Ringed Plover

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