Ringed Plover

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Ringed Plover
Conservation status: Lower risk (lc)
Ringed Plover
Ringed Plover (illustration)
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Charadriiformes
Family:Charadriidae
Genus:Charadrius
Species:C. hiaticula
Binomial name
Charadrius hiaticula
(Linnaeus, 1758)

The Ringed Plover, Charadrius hiaticula, is a small plover.

Adults are 17-19.5 cm in length with a 35-41 cm wingspan. They 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 and a short orange and black bill. The legs are orange and the toes are all webbed, unlike the slightly smaller but otherwise very similar Semipalmated Plover, which also has a narrower breast band.

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

The Ringed Plover's breeding habitat is open ground on beaches or flats across northern Eurasia and in arctic northwest Canada. Some birds breed inland, and in western Europe they nest as far south as northern France. They nest on the ground in an open area with little or no plant growth.

If a potential predator approaches the nest, the adult will walk away from the scrape, calling to attract the intruder and feigning a broken wing. Of course, once the intruder is far enough from the nest, the plover flies off.

Ringed Plovers are migratory and winter in coastal areas south to north Africa. Many birds in Great Britain and northern France are resident throughout the year.

These birds forage for food on beaches, tidal flats and fields, usually by sight. They eat insects, crustaceans and worms.da:Stor prstekrave de:Sandregenpfeifer et:Liivatll lt:Jūrinis kirlikas nl:Bontbekplevier ja:ハジロコチドリ pl:Sieweczka obrożna

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