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Bird name:

Little Ringed Plover

Charadrius dubius

Order

CHARADRIIFORMES

Family

Plovers (Charadriidae)

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

UK Conservation Status


Green Status

European Conservation Status


Conservation Description


The Little Ringed Plover is a fairly common summer resident in parts of England and Wales. It has a "Green" status because of its stable population.

SUMMARY

Overview

Little Ringed Plover: Small, slender shorebird with pale pink legs and feet. Black and white head with pale brown crown, yellow eye ring, and short, black bill. Rest upperparts are pale brown. Black tail has white edging. Black and white collar, rest of the underparts are white. Fast, direct flight.


Range and Habitat

Little Ringed Plover: Migrant breeder, primarily in England, less common in Wales and scarce in Ireland and Scotland. Birds arrive at breeding grounds in late spring and stay through mid summer before heading to winter home in central Africa. Have been successful at colonizing man-made habitats such as gravel pits and reservoirs.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"pee-oo", "pip"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Little Ringed Plover first bred in the UK in 1938. Since then it has colonised large parts of England and Wales, largely in man-made habitats such as gravel pits.
  • A breeding pair is sometimes joined by a third bird, male or female, which readily takes part in incubation, care of the young and even defence of the territory.
  • A group of plovers has many collective nouns, including a "brace", "congregation", "deceit", "ponderance", and "wing" of plovers.

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TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

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UnderpartsX

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

UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
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.
Eye ringX
The circle around the eye formed of feathers that are a different color from the rest of the face.
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