The Little Ringed Plover (Charadrius dubius) is a small plover.
Adults have a grey-brown back and wings, a white belly, and a white breast with one black neckband. They have a brown cap, a white forehead, a black mask around the eyes with white above and a short dark bill. The legs are flesh-colored and the toes are all webbed.
This species differs from the larger Ringed Plover in leg color, the head pattern, and the lack of an obvious yellow eye-ring.
Distribution / Range
Their breeding habitat is open gravel areas near freshwater, including gravel pits, islands and river edges in Europe and western Asia.
They are migratory and winter in Africa
The Little Ringed Plover is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies.
Nesting / Breeding
They nest on the ground on stones with little or no plant growth.
Diet / Feeding
These birds forage for food on muddy areas, usually by sight. They eat insects and worms.
- BirdLife International (2004). . 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN 2006. Retrieved on 11 May 2006. Database entry includes justification for why this species is of least concern
- Little Ringed Plover Image documentation