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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

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Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Lesser Sand Plover at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Lateral view a 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 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]


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

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]


Social behaviour: Communal Mobility: Migratory Elementary unit: Flock

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

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