Common Ringed Plover

This species is defined as a Review Species . Please submit your records of this species via our record submission page .

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)

Past records in our database:

Showing only accepted records. Note that records currently under review are also not displayed, and the list may not be a full list of records of this species in Singapore. For more details, check the database here.

Migrant bar chart (see more bar charts):

Common Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula
Average number of individuals by week based on Singapore Bird Database data, Jul 2013 to Jun 2023 (all records)
Early date 11 Sep 1983
Late date 08 Apr 1995
Bar chart not displayed for this species; no records in the given time period.
The last record of this shorebird in Singapore was in Oct 1995 at Sungei Buloh.


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.

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