Kentish Plover Charadrius alexandrinus

(aka Snowy Plover in the Americas)
Kentish Plover, Al Ain Compost Plant, Abu Dhabi, March 2010 - click for larger image

Al Ain Compost Plant, Abu Dhabi
March 2010

The Kentish Plover is distributed in temperate and tropical altitudes of Europe, Asia, Africa and North and South America. The most northerly populations migrate southwards in the winter but others are mainly sedentary.

It is found mainly at sea coasts but also inland where there is some water and sand, silt or gravel.

There are a variety of plumages depending on sub-species and season. This photo is of a male almost in full breeding plumage. It has a white collar stretching behind the neck, a black bar above the white forecrown, a partly rufous crown and a black line through the eye. There are black patches on the sides of the breast. In the female, the black is replaced with brown or blackish-brown.

There is further information on Avibase
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