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Birds

Common Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula)

Description

The Common Ringer Plover has a length of 19cm and can weigh between 55-75g. They have black markings on the face with a white forehead, and have a black bar going across their breast. To differ from the Little Ringed Plover, the Common Ringed Plover has orange legs, is more heavily built, has a yellow and black beak, and has a white bar across their wings.If a potential predator approaches the nest of a Ringed Plover, the adult will walk away from it, attracting them and feigning a broken wing, and once far enough the plover flies off.

Habitat

The Common Ringer Plover live mainly in coastal, shingle shores or river banks in the summer, and along coastal mud-flats in the winter.

Diet

The Common Ringed Plover feed on small invertebrates, and forage for food on beaches and mud-flats.

Protection Status 

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

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