Javan Plover

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

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, Tibetan 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)

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.


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.

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