Greater Sand Plover

Scientific Name: Charadrius leschenaultii
Malay Name: Rapang-Sisir Besar
Chinese Name: 铁嘴沙鸻

Range:
Found from Turkey to Jordon, Central Asia, Siberia, Mongolia and northern China, wintering along the coasts of Africa, Middle East, Indian subcontinent, southern China, Japan, Southeast Asia and Australasia

Taxonomy:
Polytypic. Subspecies are: columbinus, scythicus, leschenaultii

Local Subspecies: leschenaultii

Size: 22-25 cm

Identification: Resembles Lesser Sand Plover in both breeding and non-breeding plumages but larger with broader head, thicker bill and proportionately longer and yellowish legs. Usually observed to be in full non-breeding plumage in Singapore at the start of autumn migration when the Lesser Sand Plovers still have traces of breeding plumage on them.

Similar looking species: Lesser Sand Plover

Habitat: Mudflats and sandy shores.

Behaviour/Ecology: Associates with other feeding shorebirds, especially Lesser Sand Plover.

Local Status: Uncommon migrant

Conservation Status: Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)

Location: Seletar Dam and Sungei Buloh.

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External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link

Reference:
Craig Robson (2011) A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia
Allen Jeyarajasingam & Alan Pearson (2012) A Field Guide to the Birds of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore