Scientific Name: Charadrius peronii
Malay Name: Rapang Pantai Melayu
Chinese Name: 马来鸻
Range: Found throughout Southeast Asia except Java.
Size: 14-16 cm
Identification: Male resembles breeding male Kentish Plover but upperparts and wing-coverts with prominent pale fringes (appear scaly or mottled) and black lateral breast-patches extend in complete band below white nuchal collar. Female looks similar to male but lateral breast-band is rufous-orange and lack black crown-patch. Juvenile appears duller than female.
Similar looking species: Kentish Plover, White-faced Plover, Javan Plover
Habitat: Sandy beaches and suitable coastal habitats.
Behaviour/Ecology: Usually solitary or in pairs and sometimes in very small groups.
Local Status: Uncommon resident
Conservation Status: Near Threatened (BirdLife International 2017)
Location: Tuas, Changi, Lorong Halus, Seletar Mudflat, Pulau Semakau and 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 (Malaysian Plover)
BirdLife International. (2017). Charadrius peronii. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2017-1.RLTS.T22693836A110905171.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.). Malaysian Plover. Retrieved on May 30, 2023 from https://singaporebirds.com/species/malaysian-plover.