Oriental Plover

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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

Taxonomy:
Monotypic.

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.

Similar looking species: Lesser Sand Plover, Greater Sand Plover

Habitat: Mudflats, sandy shores and open grasslands.

Behaviour/Ecology: Associates with other feeding shorebirds, especially Lesser Sand Plover.

Local Status: Very rare migrant

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

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References:
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 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.