Oriental Plover

Scientific Name: Charadrius veredus
Malay Name: Rapang Padang 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 speciesLesser Sand PloverGreater 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 (IUCN 3.1)

Location: Seletar Dam and Changi. Last confirmed sighting was at Seletar Dam on October 2012.

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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