Greater Sand Plover

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

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

Polytypic. Subspecies are: columbinus, scythicus, leschenaultii.

Local Subspecies: leschenaultii

Size: 22-25 cm

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: Kentish Plover, Lesser Sand Plover, Oriental Plover, White-faced Plover, Javan 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 (BirdLife International 2019)

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BirdLife International. (2019). Charadrius leschenaultii. 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.
Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.