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

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 (IUCN 3.1)

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.

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External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link

Reference:
Craig Robson (2011) A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia
Allen Jeyarajasingam & Alan Pearson (2012) A Field Guide to the Birds of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore