Little Ringed Plover

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Little Ringed Plover
Conservation status: Lower risk (lc)
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Little Ringed Plover


Little Ringed Plover
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Charadriiformes
Family:Charadriidae
Genus:Charadrius
Species:C. dubius
Binomial name
Charadrius dubius
(Scopoli, 1786)

The Little Ringed Plover (Charadrius dubius) is a small plover.

Adults have a 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. The legs are flesh-coloured and the toes are all webbed.

This species differs from the larger Ringed Plover in leg colour, the head pattern, and the lack of an obvious yellow eye-ring.

Their breeding habitat is open gravel areas near freshwater, including gravel pits, islands and river edges in Europe and western Asia. They nest on the ground on stones with little or no plant growth.

They are migratory and winter in Africa. These birds forage for food on muddy areas, usually by sight. They eat insects and worms.

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