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Common Ringed Plover

(Charadrius hiaticula)
Alternate name(s): "Ringed Plover"
Size: 17-19.5 cm; wing span 35-41 cm


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

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Race "tundrae"


Sex unknown


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]


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


For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

ringplv_jp_20201016.m4a (Portugal) Contact call(?) © JP
ringplv_jp_20200722.m4a (Portugal) Contact call(?) © JP

More Common Ringed Plover sound recordings are available at .

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