Javan Plover

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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.

Taxonomy: Monotypic.

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.

Similar looking species: Kentish Plover, Malaysian Plover, Lesser Sand Plover, Greater Sand Plover, White-faced Plover

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)

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BirdLife International. (2021). Charadrius javanicus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2021. 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.