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Common Ringed Plover

(Charadrius hiaticula)
Alternate name(s): "Ringed Plover"
German name(s): "Sandregenpfeifer"

Size: 17-19.5 cm; wing span 35-41 cm

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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 Common Common Ringed Plover at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "hiaticula"

ADULT

MALE

BREEDING

Near-frontal view of a male Common Ringed Plover in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Caxias, Lisbon, Portugal, January 2019]

Near-lateral view of a male Common Ringed Plover in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[River Bug, near Malkinia, Masovia, Poland, June 2018]

Close-up lateral view of a male Common Ringed Plover in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Near Tromso airport, Tromso, Norway, in June 2018]

Lateral view of a male Common Ringed Plover in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Montijo, Tejo estuary, Portugal, February 2019]

Near-dorsal view of a male Common Ringed Plover in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Tejo Estuary Nature Reserve, Portugal, December 2017]

Common Ringed Plovers in various states of plumage together with Kentish Plovers
(photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Tejo Estuary Nature Reserve, Portugal, March 2018]

Common Ringed Plovers in various states of plumage roosting together with other waders, including Kentish Plovers
(photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Tejo Estuary Nature Reserve, Portugal, March 2018]

FEMALE

BREEDING

Lateral view of a female Common Ringed Plover in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of H. Dahlem-Senger)
[Naturschutzgebiet Wallnau/Fehmarn, Fehmarn, Germany, June 2018]

Lateral view of a female Common Ringed Plover in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of H. Dahlem-Senger)
[Naturschutzgebiet Wallnau/Fehmarn, Fehmarn, Germany, June 2018]

Dorsal view of a female Common Ringed Plover in breeding plumage; in this perspective the long supercilium is conspicuous
(photo courtesy of H. Dahlem-Senger)
[Naturschutzgebiet Wallnau/Fehmarn, Fehmarn, Germany, June 2018]

NON-BREEDING

Sex unknown

Lateral view of a Common Ringed Plover in moulting into breeding plumage (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Caxias, Lisbon, Portugal, January 2019]

Lateral view of a Common Ringed Plover moulting into breeding plumage (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Montijo, Tejo estuary, Portugal, February 2019]

Frontal view of a Common Ringed Plover in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Caxias, Lisbon, Portugal, January 2019]

Near-frontal view of a Common Ringed Plover in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Caxias, Lisbon, Portugal, January 2019]

Near-frontal view of a Common Ringed Plover in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Caxias, Lisbon, Portugal, January 2019]

Near-lateral view of a Common Ringed Plover in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Caxias, Lisbon, Portugal, January 2019]

Lateral view of a Common Ringed Plover in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Tejo Estuary Nature Reserve, Portugal, December 2017]

Near-dorsal view of a Common Ringed Plover in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Tejo Estuary Nature Reserve, Portugal, March 2018]

Near-dorsal view of a Common Ringed Plover in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Tejo Estuary Nature Reserve, Portugal, March 2018]

Near-dorsal view from above of a Common Ringed Plover in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Caxias, Lisbon, Portugal, January 2019]

Near-dorsal view from above of a Common Ringed Plover in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Caxias, Lisbon, Portugal, January 2019]

Dorsal view of a Common Ringed Plover in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Moita do Ribatejo, Tejo estuary, Portugal, February 2019]

Race "tundrae"

ADULT

NON-BREEDING

Lateral view of a Common Ringed Plover in non-breeding plumage feeding on a mudflat; note the characteristic orange legs (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[November 2017]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Lateral view of a juvenile Common Ringed Plover (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[November 2017]

Behaviour

Common Ringed Plover can travel in large flocks - every "rock" in this photo is a bird resting on the ground...!
(photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Moita do Ribatejo, Tejo estuary, Portugal, September 2019]

It may be surprising to see, but even aquatic birds need to take a bath to clean their plumage (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Tejo Estuary Nature Reserve, Portugal, December 2017]

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