Charadriidae – Plovers

Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus) by J Fenton

Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus) by J Fenton

But now ask the beasts, and they will teach you; And the birds of the air, and they will tell you; (Job 12:7 NKJV)

CLASS – AVES, Order – CHARADRIIFORMES, Family – Charadriidae – Plovers

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Species (67)

Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)
Long-toed Lapwing (Vanellus crassirostris)
Blacksmith Lapwing (Vanellus armatus)
Spur-winged Lapwing (Vanellus spinosus)
River Lapwing (Vanellus duvaucelii)
Black-headed Lapwing (Vanellus tectus)
Yellow-wattled Lapwing (Vanellus malabaricus)
White-crowned Lapwing (Vanellus albiceps)
Senegal Lapwing (Vanellus lugubris)
Black-winged Lapwing (Vanellus melanopterus)
Crowned Lapwing (Vanellus coronatus)
African Wattled Lapwing (Vanellus senegallus)
Spot-breasted Lapwing (Vanellus melanocephalus)
Brown-chested Lapwing (Vanellus superciliosus)
Grey-headed Lapwing (Vanellus cinereus)
Red-wattled Lapwing (Vanellus indicus)
Javan Lapwing (Vanellus macropterus)
Banded Lapwing (Vanellus tricolor)
Masked Lapwing (Vanellus miles)
Sociable Lapwing (Vanellus gregarius)
White-tailed Lapwing (Vanellus leucurus)
Southern Lapwing (Vanellus chilensis)
Andean Lapwing (Vanellus resplendens)
Red-kneed Dotterel (Erythrogonys cinctus)
Inland Dotterel (Peltohyas australis)
Wrybill (Anarhynchus frontalis)
European Golden Plover (Pluvialis apricaria)
Pacific Golden Plover (Pluvialis fulva)
American Golden Plover (Pluvialis dominica)
Grey Plover (Pluvialis squatarola)
New Zealand Plover (Charadrius obscurus)
Common Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula)
Semipalmated Plover (Charadrius semipalmatus)
Long-billed Plover (Charadrius placidus)
Little Ringed Plover (Charadrius dubius)
Wilson’s Plover (Charadrius wilsonia)
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)
Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus)
Madagascan Plover (Charadrius thoracicus)
Kittlitz’s Plover (Charadrius pecuarius)
St. Helena Plover (Charadrius sanctaehelenae)
Three-banded Plover (Charadrius tricollaris)
Forbes’s Plover (Charadrius forbesi)
White-fronted Plover (Charadrius marginatus)
Kentish Plover (Charadrius alexandrinus)
Snowy Plover (Charadrius nivosus)
Javan Plover (Charadrius javanicus)
Red-capped Plover (Charadrius ruficapillus)
Malaysian Plover (Charadrius peronii)
Chestnut-banded Plover (Charadrius pallidus)
Collared Plover (Charadrius collaris)
Puna Plover (Charadrius alticola)
Two-banded Plover (Charadrius falklandicus)
Double-banded Plover (Charadrius bicinctus)
Lesser Sand Plover (Charadrius mongolus)
Greater Sand Plover (Charadrius leschenaultii)
Caspian Plover (Charadrius asiaticus)
Oriental Plover (Charadrius veredus)
Eurasian Dotterel (Charadrius morinellus)
Rufous-chested Plover (Charadrius modestus)
Mountain Plover (Charadrius montanus)
Hooded Dotterel (Thinornis cucullatus)
Shore Dotterel (Thinornis novaeseelandiae)
Black-fronted Dotterel (Elseyornis melanops)
Tawny-throated Dotterel (Oreopholus ruficollis)
Diademed Sandpiper-Plover (Phegornis mitchellii)
Pied Plover (Hoploxypterus cayanus)


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Jim Fenton
Nikhil Devasar’s Gallery

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They are small to medium-sized birds with compact bodies, short, thick necks and long, usually pointed, wings, but most species of lapwing may have more rounded wings. Their bill are usually straight (except for the Wrybill) and short, their toes are short, hind toe could be reduced or absent, depending on species. Most Charadriidae also have relatively short tails, the Killdeer is the exception. In most genera, the sexes are similar, very little sexual dimorphism occurs between sexes. They range in size from the Collared Plover, at 26 grams and 14 cm (5.5 inches), to the Masked Lapwing, at 368 grams (13 oz) and 35 cm (14 inches)

They are distributed through open country worldwide, mostly in habitats near water, although there are some exceptions: the Inland Dotterel, for example, prefers stony ground in the deserts of central and western Australia. (Wikipedia with editing)

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