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Lesser Sand Plover

(Charadrius mongolus)
Alternate name(s): "Mongolian Sand Plover", "Mongolian Plover", "Mongolian Dotterel"
Size: 18-21 cm; wing span 49-58 cm
Weight: 60-100 g

Similar species

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

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Lesser Sand Plover at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

ADULT

MALE

BREEDING

Frontal view of a male Lesser Sandplover in worn breeding plumage, centre, with other waders (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Lee Point, Darwin, NT, July 2018]

Near-lateral view of a male Lesser Sandplover in breeding plumage; note the black on the forehead and around the eyes, plus the neat black fringe ontop of the breast band (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Nudgee Beach, QLD, March 2018]

Lateral view of a male Lesser Sandplover in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Nudgee Beach, QLD, March 2018]

FEMALE

BREEDING

Lateral view of a female Lesser Sandplover in breeding plumage; note the grey around the eyes and the absence of a black fringe ontop of the breast band, which is scalloped, rather than neat rufous (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Nudgee Beach, QLD, March 2018]

Lateral view a female Lesser Sand Plover (centre), with three Greater Sand Plovers, all in breeding plumage
(photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Lee Point, Darwin, NT, March 2013]

"Assortment" of waders, with two (probably female) 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]

NON-BREEDING

Sex unknown

Frontal view of a Lesser Sandplover in non-breeding plumage, second from the left, together with four Greater Sand Plovers, also in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[East Point, Darwin, NT, July 2014]

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

Lateral view of a Lesser Sand Plover in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[East Point, Darwin, NT, December 2015]

Lateral view of a Lesser Sand Plover in non-breeding plumage; this individual has an uncharacteristic complete breast band (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Deception Bay, QLD, February 2018]

Near-dorsal view a Lesser Sand Plover in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)
[Lady Elliot Island, near Agnes Water, QLD, January 2016]

Direct comparison of a Lesser Sand Plover, left, with a Greater Sand Plovers, right, caught for banding
(photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Darwin, NT, November 2018]

Behaviour

Social behaviour: Communal Mobility: Migratory Elementary unit: Flock

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

Food, Diet

Lesser Sand Plovers feed on small invertebrates.

Male Lesser Sandplover in breeding plumage pulling a worm out of the sand (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Nudgee Beach, QLD, March 2018]

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