Crab-plover Dromas ardeola
Crab-plover, Nosy Ve, Madagascar, November 2016 - click for larger image

Nosy Ve, Madagascar
November 2016

The Crab-plover is distributed along the shores surrounding the Indian Ocean. It breeds mainly on the shores around the north-west Indian Ocean including the Arabian Peninsula and migrates as far south as South Africa. See the distribution map at Birdlife International.

It is a large shorebird with a massive head and very stout black bill. Active mainly at dusk and at night, it congregates in large flocks and feeds mainly on crabs.

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