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: Tibetan 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: 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)
Peak week Oct 01-Oct 07
Early date 04 Sep 2021
Late date 13 May 1891
Although this species is known to breed in northern China and Mongolia, and winters in Australia, records are few in southeast Asia and even in the Indonesian archipelago. Vagrants to Singapore may be seen at any time of the season, with the earliest record in Sep.


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.

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