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Greater Sand Plover

(Charadrius leschenaultii)
Alternate name(s): "Large Sand Plover", "Large-billed Dotterel", "Large Sand-dotterel"
Size: 19-25 cm; wing span 53-60 cm
Weight: 65-100 g

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Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Greater Sand Plover at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "leschenaultii"

ADULT

BREEDING

Lateral view of a ring-marked Greater Sand Plover in breeding plumage; the breast band of race "leschenaultii" is much narrower than that of race "columbinus" (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Lee Point, Darwin, NT, March 2013]

Lateral view of Greater Sand Plovers (left, right and back), with one Lesser Sand Plover, all in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Lee Point, Darwin, NT, March 2013]

Full-frontal view of a Greater Sand Plover in transitional plumage, moulting into its non-breeding plumage
[Bundjalung NP, NSW, February 2012]

NON-BREEDING

Near-lateral view of a Greater Sand Plover with a remnant of its breeding plumage; in the background a Ruddy Turnstone
[Bundjalung NP, NSW, February 2012]

Lateral view of a Greater Sand Plover with a remnant of its breeding plumage
[Bundjalung NP, NSW, February 2012]

Lateral view of a Greater Sand Plover in non-breeding plumage
[Bundjalung NP, NSW, February 2012]

Near-dorsal view of a Greater Sand Plover in non-breeding plumage
[Bundjalung NP, NSW, February 2012]

Dorsal view of Greater Sand Plovers taking to flight
[Bundjalung NP, NSW, February 2012]

"Assortment" of waders, with two Lesser Sandplovers in near-breeding plumage, centre and front left, one Ruddy Turnstone in breeding plumage , front right, a second Ruddy Turnstone in non-breeding plumage, front centre, one Greater Sand Plover in breeding plumage, centre right, and a second Greater Sand Plover in non-breeding plumage, towards the back right; on the right and front right there are also two Red-necked Stints (the smallest birds in the photo) in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Lee Point, Darwin, NT, March 2013]

Lateral view of a Red Knot in breeding plumage (front), together with a Great Knot in breeding plumage (right), a second Great Knot in non-breeding plumage (centre) and two Greater Sand Plovers in non-breeding plumage in the background (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[East Point, Darwin, NT, March 2013]

Small flock of primarily Greater Sand Plovers in non-breeding plumage in flight (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[East Point, Darwin, NT, August 2013]

Small flock of primarily Greater Sand Plovers in non-breeding plumage in flight (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[East Point, Darwin, NT, August 2013]

Behaviour

Social behaviour: Communal Mobility: Migratory Elementary unit: Flock

Greater Sand Plovers are often found together with Lesser Sand Plovers.

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