Scientific Name: Charadrius veredus
Malay Name: Rapang Padang Asia Timur
Chinese Name: 东方鸻
Range: Found from Siberia to Mongolia and northern China, wintering to Southeast Asia and Australia
Size: 22-25 cm
Identification: Non-breeding adult resembles Lesser and Greater Sand Plovers but larger and slimmer-looking with longer neck, legs and wings, more slender bill, upper breast buffish-brown, longer and more pronounced supercilium and yellowish-orange legs and feet. Male in breeding plumage has mostly whitish head and neck with distinctive rufous-chestnut breast-band and broad black lower border. Female in breeding plumage resembles non-breeding adult but with rufescent wash at upper breast.
Habitat: Mudflats, sandy shores and open grasslands.
Behaviour/Ecology: Associates with other feeding shorebirds, especially Lesser Sand Plover.
Local Status: Vagrant
Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)
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Oriental Plover Charadrius veredus Average number of individuals by week based on Singapore Bird Database data, Jul 2013 to Jun 2023 (all records)
BirdLife International. (2016). Charadrius veredus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22693872A93428298.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.
Bird Society of Singapore. (n.d.). Oriental Plover. Retrieved on September 29, 2023 from https://singaporebirds.com/species/oriental-plover.