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Kentish Plover (Charadrius alexandrinus)


The Kentish Plover has a length of 16 cm and can weigh between 55-75 g. A distinctive feature compared to the Little Ringed and Ringed Plover is that they have black legs and have an incomplete black band across their breast. Has similar features to the juvenile’s species so be careful. The Kentish Plover a black bar on the forehead, which disappears for their winter plumage, and have the black markings across the eyes and incomplete bar on the breast fade to a grey-brown colour. Has a white bar along the wings. When the Kentish Plover is approached by predators to their nest, the parents quickly run away from the nest to distract and attract the focus away from the direction of the nest. These include calling of crawling on ground flapping their wings.


The Kentish Plover live mainly in coastal areas, but can also inhabit inland, usually along sandy streams, and lagoons.


Kentish Plovers’ feed on small invertebrates, either aquatic or terrestrial.

Protection Status 

This species is listed as species of Least Concern on the IUCN Red List.

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