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Little Ringed Plover

(Charadrius dubius)
German name(s): "Flussregenpfeifer"
Size: 15.5-18 cm; wing span 32-35 cm
Weight: 26-53 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 Little Ringed Plover at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "dubius"

ADULT

BREEDING

MALE

Frontal view of a male Little Ringed Plover in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Sorraia River, near Mora, Evora, Portugal, March 2019]

Frontal view of a male Little Ringed Plover in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Sorraia River, near Mora, Evora, Portugal, March 2019]

Frontal view of a male Little Ringed Plover in breeding plumage trying to impress a competitor
(photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Near Mora, Evora, Portugal, July 2014]

Near-frontal view of a male Little Ringed Plover in breeding plumage; note the black side of the head
(photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Near Mora, Evora, Portugal, May 2014]

Near-lateral view of a male Little Ringed Plover in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of G. Pinelas)
[Alges, Lisbon, Portugal, May 2017]

Lateral view of a male Little Ringed Plover in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Near Mora, Evora, Portugal, March 2016]

Lateral view of a male Little Ringed Plover in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Sorraia River, near Mora, Evora, Portugal, February 2019]

Near-dorsal view of a male Little Ringed Plover in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Near Mora, Evora, Portugal, July 2018]

Direct comparison between a male Little Ringed Plover and a male Kentish Plover, both in breeding plumage
(photo courtesy of G. Pinelas)
[Alges, Lisbon, Portugal, May 2017]

FEMALE

Near-frontal view of a female Little Ringed Plover in breeding plumage; note the grey sides of the head
(photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Near Mora, Evora, Portugal, July 2018]

Frontal view of a female Little Ringed Plover in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Sorraia River, near Mora, Evora, Portugal, March 2019]

Lateral view of a female Little Ringed Plover in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of S. Cuturilov)
[Near Kursumlija, South-east Serbia, June 2016]

NON-BREEDING

Sex unknown

Frontal view of a Little Ringed Plover in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Montargil Dam, near Mora, Evora, Portugal, September 2019]

Lateral view of a Little Ringed Plover in non-breeding plumage; note the buff hues on the side of the head (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Castro Marim, Algarve, Portugal, October 2019]

Near-dorsal view of a Little Ringed Plover in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Castro Marim, Algarve, Portugal, October 2019]

Near-dorsal view of a Little Ringed Plover in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Castro Marim, Algarve, Portugal, October 2019]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Frontal view of a Little Ringed Plover chick (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Near Mora, Evora, Portugal, June 2018]

Lateral view of a Little Ringed Plover chick (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Near Mora, Evora, Portugal, June 2018]

Race "curonicus"

Photos of Little Ringed Plovers, race "curonicus", were taken in Australia.

Breeding information

Breeding season: Apr - Sep Eggs: 3 - 4 Incubation period: 22 - 28 days Fledging age: Precocial

Little Ringed Plover chicks leave their nest at a very young age, soon after the last egg has hatched. They can fly at about 24-29 days of age. Little Ringed Plovers can have more than one brood per season and may engage helpers during the nesting period.

Nest building: Male? Incubation: Female & male Dependent care: Female & male

Nest

Type: Scrape Material: Rocks, sand Height above ground: N/A

Male Little Ringed Plover working on a scrape (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Sorraia River, near Mora, Evora, Portugal, March 2019]

Male Little Ringed Plover working on a scrape (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Sorraia River, near Mora, Evora, Portugal, March 2019]

Male Little Ringed Plover working on a scrape (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Sorraia River, near Mora, Evora, Portugal, March 2019]

Eggs

Size: 31 x 22 mm Colour: White, greyish-blue or creamy, with grey to black speckles Shape: Long tapered oval

Little Ringed Plovers have the ability to adapt the base colour of their egg shells to the surrounding landscape for camouflage.

Behaviour

The courtship of Little Ringed Plovers, and the defence of their territories, can be a noisy affair, but once nesting has started the species falls silent.

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