Common Ringed Plover (Palau)

Charadrius hiaticula tundrae

Order

CHARADRIIFORMES

Family

Lapwings and Plovers (Charadriidae)

Code 4

CRPL

Code 6

CHAHIA

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Common Ringed Plover's breeding habitat is open ground and beach areas throughout northern Eurasia flatlands and the Arctic region of northeastern Canada. This species prefers little to no vegetation. Some members of the species will also breed inland and in northern France. Nests are scraped in the sand. During the winter months, the Common Ringed Plover migrates to coastal areas of South Africa. Those who live in Great Britain and northern France are typically year-round residents. This species forages for food such as insects, crustaceans and worms. They also eat food on the beach, or dine on organisms found in tidal flats and fields. The current conservation rating for the Common Ringed Plover is Least Concern.

SUMMARY

Overview

Common Ringed Plover (Palau): Plump little plover with dark gray-brown upperparts, pure white underparts, and strong black mask and chest band. Base of dark-tipped bill and legs are bright orange. Female has a brown cast in the black bands. Juvenile resembles female but has even more of a brown cast; also has dull orange bill and legs.

 

Range and Habitat

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Common Ringed Plover (Palau) SONGS AND CALLS

Common Ringed Plover I1

Display call is a "tu-wee-uh".

Common Ringed Plover S1

Call is a whistled "tu-weea".

Similar Sounding

Black-bellied Plover C1

Flight call is a three syllabled "pee-oh-wee".

Little Ringed Plover L2

Raspy "reeuh" calls given during a display flight.


Voice Text

"tu-weea", "peee-ew", "tu-wee-uh"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Common Ringed Plovers are very clever when threatened by intruders: they will move away from their nests feigning a broken wing to lure predators away, then fly off when they're safely away from the nest.
  • The Palauan subspecies was first described by P. R. Lowe in 1915.
  • The subspecies found on Palau is the smallest and darkest of all related subspecies.
  • A group of plovers is collectively known as a "congregation," a "wing," a "stand," or a "ponderance" of plovers.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP PALAU

About this Palau Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across the Palau islands.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Artist

Michael Oberhofer

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UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
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