Common ringed plover

This bird taps its feet to imitate rain to make the prey reach the surface

Arnoldius

With its striking black and white plumage adorned by vibrant orange-yellow features, it is a distinctive shorebird found across a diverse range of habitats. Characterized by its black lobes, ear coverts, forehead base, and frontal bar, this plover sports a contrasting bright white brow and a conspicuous white supercilium that extends above and behind its dark brown eyes.

The bill of the Common Ringed Plover is a striking orange-yellow, tipped with black during the breeding season, adding to its eye-catching appearance. Outside of the breeding season, the bill may appear duller in color. Encircling its dark eyes is a thin, yet distinct, eyering of dull yellowish-orange. Remarkably, the legs and feet of this avian marvel are a brilliant shade of orange-yellow, contributing to its overall vibrant aesthetic. Notably, the feet lack a basal web between the middle and outer toes, a characteristic feature of the species.

Breeding primarily on shingle or sandy coastal beaches, sandbars, mudflats, and estuaries, the Common Ringed Plover demonstrates remarkable adaptability by also nesting inland along rivers and lakes. In these inland habitats, it can be found in open tundra with sparse vegetation, as well as adjacent meadows and farmland. During the breeding season, rocky beaches, estuary mudflats, saltpans, and marshes serve as favored foraging grounds for this agile shorebird.

Outside of the breeding season, the Common Ringed Plover exhibits a preference for a variety of coastal habitats, including rocky shores, estuary mudflats, saltpans, and marshes. These diverse habitats provide ample opportunities for foraging and roosting as the plover navigates its annual migratory cycle.

Despite its widespread distribution and adaptability, the Common Ringed Plover faces numerous threats to its survival, including habitat loss and degradation, disturbance from human activities, predation, and climate change.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Afghanistan
2016
Passage
Albania
2016
Non-Breeding
Algeria
2016
Angola
2016
Armenia
2016
Australia
2016
Vagrant
Austria
2016
Azerbaijan
2016
Bahrain
2016
Bangladesh
2016
Vagrant
Barbados
2016
Vagrant
Belarus
2016
Breeding
Belgium
2016
Benin
2016
Bosnia And Herz.
2016
Botswana
2016
British Indian T.
2016
Brunei
2016
Vagrant
Bulgaria
2016
Non-Breeding
Burkina Faso
2016
Burundi
2016
Cameroon
2016
Canada
2016
Cape Verde
2016
Central Af. Rep.
2016
Chad
2016
China
2016
Vagrant
Comoros
2016
Congo-Brazzaville
2016
Croatia
2016
Cyprus
2016
Non-Breeding
Czechia
2016
Breeding
Côte D’ivoire
2016
DR Congo (Kinshasa)
2016
Denmark
2016
Djibouti
2016
Egypt
2016
Equatorial Guinea
2016
Eritrea
2016
Estonia
2016
Eswatini
2016
Ethiopia
2016
Faroe Islands
2016
Finland
2016
France
2016
Gabon
2016
Gambia
2016
Germany
2016
Ghana
2016
Gibraltar
2016
Greece
2016
Greenland
2016
Breeding
Guam
2016
Non-Breeding
Guinea-Bissau
2016
Guinea
2016
Hong Kong
2016
Vagrant
Hungary
2016
Iceland
2016
India
2016
Iran
2016
Iraq
2016
Ireland
2016
Israel
2016
Italy
2016
Japan
2016
Vagrant
Jordan
2016
Kazakhstan
2016
Kenya
2016
Kuwait
2016
Kyrgyzstan
2016
Passage
Latvia
2016
Breeding
Lebanon
2016
Lesotho
2016
Vagrant
Liberia
2016
Libya
2016
Liechtenstein
2016
Vagrant
Lithuania
2016
Breeding
Luxembourg
2016
Madagascar
2016
Malawi
2016
Malaysia
2016
Vagrant
Maldives
2016
Mali
2016
Malta
2016
Mauritania
2016
Mauritius
2016
Mayotte
2016
Micronesia
2016
Origin Uncertain
Mongolia
2016
Vagrant
Montenegro
2016
Seasonality Uncertain
Morocco
2016
Mozambique
2016
Myanmar
2016
Vagrant
Namibia
2016
Netherlands
2016
New Zealand
2016
Vagrant
Niger
2016
Nigeria
2016
Nort. Mariana Is.
2016
Non-Breeding
North Korea
2016
Vagrant
North Macedonia
2016
Non-Breeding
Norway
2016
Oman
2016
Pakistan
2016
Palau
2016
Non-Breeding
Philippines
2016
Vagrant
Poland
2016
Portugal
2016
Non-Breeding
Qatar
2016
Romania
2016
Passage
Russia
2016
Breeding
Rwanda
2016
Réunion
2016
Saint Helena
2016
Vagrant
Saudi Arabia
2016
Senegal
2016
Serbia
2016
Seasonality Uncertain
Seychelles
2016
Sierra Leone
2016
Singapore
2016
Vagrant
Slovakia
2016
Slovenia
2016
Somalia
2016
South Africa
2016
South Sudan
2016
Non-Breeding
Spain
2016
Non-Breeding
Sri Lanka
2016
Sudan
2016
Svalbard
2016
Breeding
Sweden
2016
Switzerland
2016
Syria
2016
Taiwan
2016
Vagrant
Tanzania
2016
Thailand
2016
Vagrant
Togo
2016
Trinidad & Tobago
2016
Vagrant
Tunisia
2016
Non-Breeding
Turkey
2016
Non-Breeding
Turkmenistan
2016
Passage
UAE
2016
Uganda
2016
Ukraine
2016
United Kingdom
2016
United States
2016
Breeding
Yemen
2016
Zambia
2016
Zimbabwe
2016

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

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