Scientific Name: Charadrius javanicus
Malay Name: Rapang Pantai Jawa
Chinese Name: 爪哇鸻
Range: Breeds from Timor to the southern coast of Sumatra and western coast of Sulawesi. A single breeding record in Pulau Tekong of Singapore in June 2021 is the furthest known range as of 2021.
Size: 15 cm
Identification: From the similar looking common migrant, Kentish Plover, by warm buff ear-coverts, relatively heavier bill and longer legs. White-faced Plover will lack distinct facial markings, while Malaysian Plover has more mottled looking upperparts.
Habitat: Mudflats, sandflats, and coastal wetlands.
Behaviour/Ecology: Found along the coast as with many other plovers. Seems to be experiencing a rapid range expansion with recent sightings at previously undetected sites such as southern Sumatra, the western coast of Sulawesi and Singapore.
Local Status: Very rare resident
Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2021)
BirdLife International. (2021). Charadrius javanicus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2021. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2021-3.RLTS.T22693839A185618684.en. Accessed on 1 January 2023
Eaton, J. A., van Balen, S., Brickle, N. W., & Rheindt, F. E. (2021). Birds of the Indonesian Archipelago: Greater Sundas and Wallacea (Second Edition). Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.
Bird Society of Singapore. (n.d.). Javan Plover. Retrieved on November 24, 2023 from https://singaporebirds.com/species/javan-plover.