Scientific Name: Charadrius alexandrinus
Malay Name: Rapang Pantai Biasa
Chinese Name: 环颈鸻
Range: Breeding Range: (EU, AF, OR) widespread
Taxonomy: Polytypic. Subspecies are: alexandrinus, nihonensis, seebohmi.
Local Subspecies: alexandrinus
Size: 15 cm
Identification: Non-breeding adult can be distinguished from other plover species by the white nuchal collar, well defined lateral breast-band and plain greyish-brown upperparts including head which has little white on forehead. Male in breeding plumage has distinctive white forehead, black patch on midcrown, strongly rufous-washed remainder of crown and nape, broad blackish eye-stripe and black lateral breast-band. Non-breeding adult can be distinguished from the bigger and similar looking White-faced Plover by having less white on forehead and thicker/longer lateral breast-band while breeding male has a black eye-stripe which is lacking in breeding White-faced Plover.
Similar looking species: Little Ringed Plover, Malaysian Plover, Lesser Sand Plover, Greater Sand Plover, White-faced Plover, Javan Plover
Habitat: Sandy beaches and suitable coastal habitats.
Behaviour/Ecology: Have been observed wintering in Singapore and form flocks with White-faced Plovers and Lesser Sand Plovers.
Local Status: Uncommon migrant
Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2019)
Location: Previously sighted at Tuas, Changi and more recently at the breakwaters near Marina Barrage.
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Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link
eBird Species page: eBird (Kentish Plover)
BirdLife International. (2019). Charadrius alexandrinus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2019. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2019-3.RLTS.T22727487A155485165.en. 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.
Singapore Birds Project. (n.d.). Kentish Plover. Retrieved on June 5, 2023 from https://singaporebirds.com/species/kentish-plover.