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


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Photographers or Videographers used on this page from our sidebar, Photography, are:
Dan’s Pix (Dan)
Ian Montgomery’s Birdway
Jim Fenton
Kent Nickell
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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