Common Ringed Plover

Charadrius hiaticula

Common Ringed Plover, Charadrius hiaticula, photo © by Michael Plagens.

Observed at Lake Elementaita, Kenya, Kenya. January 2014.

From Wikipedia: Adults are 17–19.5 cm in length with a 35–41 cm wingspan. They have a grey-brown back and wings, a white belly, and a white breast with one black neck-band. They have a brown cap, a white forehead, a black mask around the eyes and a short orange and black bill. The legs are orange. In Kenya these birds are migrants from the northern latitudes of Europe and Asia. They are present from October to April, returning to the Arctic spring and summer to breed. While in Kenya their plumage is non-breeding and thus duller - particularly the black neck-band and eye mask which are grayed.

Charadriidae -- Plover Family


  • Birds of Kenya and Northern Tanzania by Zimmerman et al.
  • Birds of East Africa by Stevenson and Fanshawe

More Information:

Kenya Natural History

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