Common Ringed Plover

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Scientific Name: Charadrius hiaticula

Malay Name: Rapang Gelang Besar

Chinese Name: 剑鸻

Range: Found from northern Europe to northern temperate Asia and north eastern Canada, wintering in southern Europe, Africa, Middle East, Pakistan and rarely to India, Sri Lanka, southern China, Japan and mainland Southeast Asia.

Taxonomy: Polytypic. Subspecies are: psammodromus, hiaticula, tundrae.

Size: 18-20 cm

Identification: Non-breeding adult resembles Little Ringed Plover but slightly larger and more robust, base of lower mandible dull orange, breast-band boarder and less even, legs and feet orange and shows prominent white bar across upperwing when in flight. Male and female in breeding plumage also resembles Little Ringed Plover but has distinctive orange bill with black tip, orange legs and no obvious yellow eyering. Juvenile resembles non-breeding adult and difficult to separate from Little Ringed Plover except by size, lack of obvious eyering, orange-tinged legs and feet and white wing-bar (in flight).

Similar looking species: Little Ringed Plover

Habitat: Fringes of freshwater ponds and mudflats.


Local Status: Vagrant

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2019)

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BirdLife International. (2019). Charadrius hiaticula. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2019. Accessed on 1 January 2023

Jeyarajasingam, A., & Pearson, A. (2012). A Field Guide to the Birds of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore. Oxford University Press.

Lim, K. S. (2009). The Avifauna of Singapore. Nature Society (Singapore).

Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.