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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


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

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Race "columbinus"


Sex unknown


Frontal view of a male Greater Sand Plover in almost complete breeding plumage; the breast band of race "columbinus", shown here, is much wider than that of race "leschenaultii"
[Ras Al-Hadd, May 2010]

Here seen from the right...
[Ras Al-Hadd, May 2010]

... and now from the left
[Ras Al-Hadd, May 2010]


Frontal view of a Greater Sand Plover in non-breeding plumage
[Al Qurm Natural Park, December 2009]

Near-lateral view of Greater Sand Plovers in non-breeding plumage
[Al Qurm Natural Park, December 2009]

Near-dorsal view of a Greater Sand Plover in non-breeding plumage
[Al Qurm Natural Park, December 2009]

Race "leschenaultii"

We have taken photos of Greater Sand Plovers, race "leschenaultii", in Australia.


Social behaviour: Communal Mobility: Migratory Elementary unit: Flock

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

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