Little Ringed Plover

Scientific Name: Charadrius dubius

Malay Name: Rapang Gelang Kecil

Chinese Name: 金眶鸻

Range: Found from Europe to northern Africa, Middle East, Indian subcontinent, temperate Asia, Philippines and discontinuously to New Guinea. Most northern population winters to equatorial Africa, Middle East, Indian subcontinent, southern China, Japan and Southeast Asia.

Taxonomy: Polytypic. Subspecies are: curonicus, jerdoni, dubius.

Local Subspecies: curonicus

Size: 14-17 cm

Identification: Non-breeding adult has narrow pale yellow eyering, slender dark bill, greyish-brown upperparts, whitish forehead with indistinct supercilium, white collar, complete greyish-brown breast-band and yellowish legs and feet. Male in breeding plumage has black lores, ear-coverts and breast-band and white forehead and supercilium with prominent black band across forecrown. Female in breeding plumage has brownish-black ear-coverts and breast-band. Juvenile resembles non-breeding adult.

Similar looking species: Common Ringed Plover, Kentish Plover, White-faced Plover

Habitat: Open grasslands, sandy shores, coastal breakwaters, fringes of freshwater ponds and mudflats.

Behaviour/Ecology: Usually in small loose groups, feeding in typical plover fashion and often calling in flight.

Local Status: Uncommon migrant

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2019)

Location: Sungei Buloh, Neo Tiew Lane 2 and 3, Lorong Halus, Pasir Ris Farmway 3, Seletar Dam, Punggol Barat, Tuas South and Marina East Drive.

Migrant bar chart (see more bar charts):

Little Ringed Plover Charadrius dubius
Estimated average number of individuals by week based on eBird data, Jul 2013 to Jun 2023
Peak week Jan 08-Jan 14
Early date 15 Jul 2000
Late date 03 Apr 2021
Early birds may start arriving as early as July, although this species is more commonly encountered in the months of September, October, and January.


BirdLife International. (2019). Charadrius dubius. 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.

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