Charadrius dubius (Little ringed plover) 

Kleinringnekstrandkiewiet [Afrikaans]; Kleine Plevier [Dutch]; Pluvier petit-gravelot [French]; Flußregenpfeifer [German]

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Charadrius dubius (Little ringed plover)   

Little ringed plover, Sweden. [photo Kristian Svensson ©]


Distribution and habitat

Breeds from northern Eurasia to northern Africa, heading south in the non-breeding season to Malaysia, southern Asia and Africa above the equator, from Senegal to Somalia and Kenya. It is a rare vagrant to southern Africa, with just a single confirmed record at Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe from 5-8th January 2002. It generally prefers muddy and sandy shores of rivers and freshwater lakes, as well as airstrips, pastures and short grassy areas near water.


It mainly eats invertebrates, using the typical plover foraging technique of running, stopping and searching repeatedly, or alternatively catching prey disturbed by stirring its feet in shallow water. The following food items have been recorded in its diet:


  • Hockey PAR, Dean WRJ and Ryan PG 2005. Roberts - Birds of southern Africa, VIIth ed. The Trustees of the John Voelcker Bird Book Fund, Cape Town. 


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