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Bird name:

Kentish Plover

Charadrius alexandrinus

Order

CHARADRIIFORMES

Family

Plovers (Charadriidae)

BTO 2

KP

BTO 5

KENPL

Euring 5

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CONSERVATION STATUS

UK Conservation Status


Not Assessed

European Conservation Status


Conservation Description


In the UK, Isle of Man, and Ireland, the Kentish Plover mostly occurs in southern England as an uncommon to rare migrant. The conservation status for this species is "not assessed' in the UK because it only occurs as a rare migrant, and is not globally threatened.

SUMMARY

Overview

Kentish Plover: Small shorebird with dark grey legs, short black bill, and white underparts. Pale-brown back. Wings pale-brown and black with white stripe. White collar with black on side of neck, pale-brown crown with red-brown nape, and black and white front. Face white with black line through eye.


Range and Habitat

Kentish Plover: Former breeder, now only a scarce passage visitor to the UK. Birds breed in parts of Europe and Central Asia during the summer and winter in Africa, India, and Southeast Asia. Migrant visitors to the UK will likely be seen at the coastline on beaches and mudflats, and sometimes on lakes or rivers.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"pyur-ree-et pyur-ree-et"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Despite its name, Kentish Plovers do not breed in Kent, or even Great Britain.
  • It has become difficult for this species to breed on beaches due to disturbance from the activities of humans and their animals.
  • A group of plovers has many collective nouns, including a "brace", "congregation", "deceit", "ponderance", and "wing" of plovers.

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UnderpartsX

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

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.
FaceX
The front part of the head consisting of the bill, eyes, cheeks and chin.
NapeX
Also called the hindneck or collar, it is the back of the neck where the head joins the body.
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