Kentish Plover

About the Kentish Plover

The Kentish Plover is a small banded shorebird species found across parts of Europe, Africa, and Asia. The species is very closely related to the Snowy Plover of the Americas. In fact, in many taxonomic standards the two species have not been split and are both still considered to be Charadrius alexandrinus.

Kentish Plovers are found along shorelines, either at sea coasts or inland along lagoons, brackish bodies of water, and the like. Portions of the global population are migratory, but birds in certain (mostly central) areas may remain residents year-round.

The global population trend for the Kentish Plover is decreasing, but the overall conservation status remains Least Concern as of July 2014. Habitat disturbance and destruction are among the threats the species faces.

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Details & Statistics

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Hatched on 10 July 2014
Scientific Name
Charadrius alexandrinus
  • Charadriiformes
  • Charadriidae
  • Charadrius
  • C. alexandrinus
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 25 November 2017)
LC
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Measurements
Units: Imperial / Metric
5.9 to 6.9 inches
16.5 to 17.7 inches
1.1 to 2 ounces
Range

International Names

Chinese 白领鸻
Czech kulík mořský
Danish Hvidbrystet Præstekrave
Dutch Strandplevier
Finnish mustajalkatylli
French Pluvier à collier interrompu
German Seeregenpfeifer
Italian Fratino eurasiatico
Japanese シロチドリ [shirochidori]
Korean 흰물떼새
Norwegian Hvitbrystlo
Polish sieweczka morska
Russian Морской зуёк
Spanish Chorlitejo patinegro
Swedish Svartbent strandpipare
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