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Bird name:

Ringed Plover

Charadrius hiaticula

Order

CHARADRIIFORMES

Family

Plovers (Charadriidae)

BTO 2

RP

BTO 5

RINPL

Euring 5

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

UK Conservation Status


Red Status

European Conservation Status


Conservation Description


The Ringed Plover is resident is many coastal areas and some inland sites in the UK, Isle of Man, and Ireland. It has a "Red" status because of recent declines in rather small, localised populations.

SUMMARY

Overview

Ringed Plover: Small wader. Head has black mask, black and white front, pale brown crown, and stubby, orange bill with black tip. White throat and collar. Black breast band and collar, white underparts. Pale brown back, rump, and shoulders of wings. Black in wings and tail and orange legs and feet.


Range and Habitat

Ringed Plover: Resident breeder and winter or passage visitor in the UK & Ireland. Birds are visible year round. Resident birds breed at the coastline of the entire UK, some birds have begun to breed at inland gravel pits in central Britain. Winter visitors from Europe are found on beaches at the coast.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"poo-ee"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Ringed Plover will feign a broken wing in order to lure potential predators away from its nest.
  • It will sometimes use "foot-trembling" to stir up food and startle prey into movement.
  • Males tend to perform more nighttime egg incubation, while females incubate more during the day.
  • A group of plovers has many collective nouns, including a "brace", "congregation", "deceit", "ponderance", and "wing" of plovers.

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FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

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UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

BreastX
The upper front part of a bird.
CollarX
Similar to the upper part of the human neck, located at the back of the crown.
CrownX
The crown is the top part of the birds head.
RumpX
The area between the uppertail coverts and the back of the bird.
UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
4 and 6 letter alpha codesX

The four letter common name alpha code is is derived from the first two letters of the common first name and the first two letters of common last name. The six letter species name alpha code is derived from the first three letters of the scientific name (genus) and the first three letters of the scientific name (species). See (1) below for the rules used to create the codes..

Four-letter (for English common names) and six-letter (for scientific names) species alpha codes were developed by Pyle and DeSante (2003, North American Bird-Bander 28:64-79) to reflect A.O.U. taxonomy and nomenclature (A.O.U. 1998) as modified by Supplements 42 (Auk 117:847-858, 2000) and 43 (Auk 119:897-906, 2002). The list has been updated by Pyle and DeSante to reflect changes reported by the A.O.U from 2003 through 2006.

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ITIS CodesX

The Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS) was established in the mid-1990 s as a cooperative project among several federal agencies to improve and expand upon taxonomic data (known as the NODC Taxonomic Code) maintained by the National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

To find the ITIS page for a bird species go to the ITIS web site advanced search and report page at http://www.itis.gov/advanced_search.html. You can enter the TSN or the common name of the bird. It will return the ITIS page for that bird. Another way to obtain the ITIS page is to use the Google search engine. Enter the string ITIS followed by the taxonomic ID, for example "ITIS 178041" will return the page for the Allen's Hummingbird.

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Parts of a Standing birdX
Head Feathers and MarkingsX
Parts of a Flying birdX