Oriental Plover

Scientific Name: Charadrius veredus
Malay Name: Rapang Padang Asia Timur
Chinese Name: 东方鸻

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.

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)


There were two 19th century specimen records of four birds, and at least six records of single birds since then:

1985 – one at Changi North from 17 November to 1 December                               

1986 – presume the same bird at Changi North from 16-22 February               

1999 – one at Seletar Estuary from 1-2 March                                                             

2006 – one at Changi Coast on 21 October                                                                       

2008 – one at Changi Cove from 1 February to 14 March                                             

2012 – one at Seletar Dam in October                                                                                         

2020 – one at Chek Jawa, Pulau Ubin from 19-20 October 


External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link

Lim, Kim Seng (2009) The Avifauna of Singapore                                                         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