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Common Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula)


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.


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


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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