Kentish Plover (Charadrius alexandrinus)
Kentish Plover (Charadrius alexandrinus). Taken at Bolonia, Spain, on November 7th 2016.
Taken at Bolonia, Spain, on November 7th 2016.
(1/500th sec at f13. Click image for larger version. © David Hastings)


L: 15 - 17 cm

Slightly smaller, longer-legged and thinner-billed than the Ringed Plover. It doesn't have a complete breast-band. It has dark legs.

It is mainly found around the Mediterranean coast and also into NW Europe. A vagrant in the British Isles. Breeding birds in warmer countries are largely sedentary, but northern and inland populations are migratory, wintering south to the tropics.

It breeds on mudflats or sparsely vegetated ground near the coast.

This species has declined in Europe because of loss of habitat. It is still of Least Concern in the IUCN classification.


10-Mar-2018 : Fuerteventura, Canary Islands (2)
07-Nov-2016 : Playa de Bolonia, Spain (2)
06-Nov-2016 : Barbate, Spain (2)
05-Nov-2016 : Playa de Los Lances, Spain (4)