Malaysian Plover

Scientific Name: Charadrius peronii
Malay Name: Rapang Pantai Melayu
Chinese Name: 马来鸻

Found throughout Southeast Asia except Java.


Size: 14-16 cm

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, Javan Plover, White-faced 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.


External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
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. Accessed on 19 December 2021

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.