Forbes’s Plovers or Forbes’s Banded Plovers

The Forbes’s Plovers or Forbes’s Banded Plovers, Charadrius forbesi, are small African waders. They were named for the British zoologist William Alexander Forbes.

In eastern and southern Africa and Madagascar, they are replaced by their close relatives – the larger and darker plumaged Three-banded Plovers.

Range / Distribution

These plovers are resident in much of west Africa, where they inhabit bodies of water, such as lakes, pools, reservoirs and inland rivers, and open grasslands.


Forbes’s Plovers measure about 7.9 inches or 20 cm in length.

The tail and the wings are long. The adult uppr plumage is dark brown. Below they are whitish, except for two blackish or brownish chest bands that are separated by a white band.

Diet / Feeding

Their diet consists of insects, worms and other invertebrates (= animals without internal skeleton, such as larvae, millipedes, snails, spiders).

Call / Vocalization

Their calls are described as piping peee-oo sounds.

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