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Plover, white-fronted

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Mon Apr 14, 2008 10:06 pm

The White-fronted Plover, Charadrius marginatus, is a common resident, endemic to sub-Saharan Africa, frequenting sandy shores, dunes and sandy rivers where it occurs singly or in small parties. It also inhabits tropical rivers and lakes with sandy shorelines. The male bird has a more conspicuous black line behind its eye and usually small dark patches on the sides of its breast.

This plover forages by day and night, very opportunistically taking prey, even hawking insects in the air and picks up insects drowned and washed ashore.

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Although White-fronted Plover nests all year round, their peak breeding season is from November to March. They lay two or three eggs in a small scrape in the sand or pebbles that are usually three-quarters covered with wind-blown sand on hot days. The eggs take about a month to hatch and the chicks between four and five weeks to fledge.
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Plover, White-fronted

Unread postby Pjw » Sun Jan 03, 2010 5:57 pm

Is this a chesnut plover, seen at Walvis bay 28/12/2009
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Lizet Grobbelaar » Sun Jan 03, 2010 6:20 pm

Pat,

Pic 2 : The white collar around the neck points to White-fronted Plover. Chestnut lacks this white...

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Pjw » Sun Jan 03, 2010 6:34 pm

Thanks Lizet :thumbs_up:
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby arks » Fri Jul 23, 2010 10:38 pm

Another that I'm not sure about. Is this perhaps a lesser sand plover? Seen at Tsaarsbank, WCNP, on 25 March 2010.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Lizet Grobbelaar » Sat Jul 24, 2010 2:20 pm

arks,

Your second post is a White-fronted Plover. Lesser Sand won't have the white collar which extent to the back of the neck as in your pic. The bill will be shorter and smaller, and the shoulder patch will be more obvious darker...

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby arks » Sat Jul 24, 2010 3:43 pm

Thanks for the detailed info on the plovers, the pix for whitefronted plover in my Newman's don't look at all like this bird :roll:
Lizet Grobbelaar wrote:Your second post is a White-fronted Plover. Lesser Sand won't have the white collar which extent to the back of the neck as in your pic. The bill will be shorter and smaller, and the shoulder patch will be more obvious darker...

Again, while I DO see that the white collar makes it a whitefronted plover, I'm confused about the bill. Are you saying that the lesser sand plover's bill is shorter and smaller than the whitefronted's bill? Because in my Newman's, the bill of the whitefronted is tiny, about half the length of the lesser sand plover's bill, so I'd never have got that ID from those pix!
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Lizet Grobbelaar » Sat Jul 24, 2010 9:01 pm

arks,
Sorry the bill is not a very good feature to use in this comparison. Lesser has a very short bill but better compared to say Greater Sandplover. A better clue to use is the fact that the tail projects beyond the wingtips of this bird. In Lesser the wings are longer than the tail. Lesser is also a darker brown above.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby arks » Sat Jul 24, 2010 9:59 pm

Lizet Grobbelaar wrote:arks,
Sorry the bill is not a very good feature to use in this comparison. Lesser has a very short bill but better compared to say Greater Sandplover. A better clue to use is the fact that the tail projects beyond the wingtips of this bird. In Lesser the wings are longer than the tail. Lesser is also a darker brown above.

Thanks so much Lizet for all these additional useful pointers! Always frustrating because it's also never possible (at least for me) to get very close to these little birds as they scurry along the shore. I was very careful not to try to get too close and spook the bird and really enjoyed watching it. 8)
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Unread postby Jumbo » Wed Dec 22, 2010 1:48 pm

Horrible pix, but hoping somebody will be able to help me with the id.
Kittlitz’s Plover or White-fronted Plover? :?
Seen on 04 December at the Kanniedood Hide near Shingwedzi.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Niall » Wed Dec 22, 2010 2:14 pm

Hi Jumbo

These look like White fronted Plovers, which is quite a nice record for Kruger!

My pics are of non-breeding birds, whereas yours look like breeding plumaged, but comparisons can be seen here:

http://www.niall.co.za/Species/Fam-Charadriidae.htm

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby francoisd » Wed Dec 22, 2010 2:18 pm

Jumbo wrote:Horrible pix, but hoping somebody will be able to help me with the id.
Kittlitz’s Plover or White-fronted Plover? :?
Seen on 04 December at the Kanniedood Hide near Shingwedzi.

White-fronted Plover.

The ones in that area of the country is more buff on the breast compared to the near white ones down here.

I did however show your photo to Tertius and he said that he have not yet seen one that is so buff on the breast but did see some at Lake Ngami with this coloration. As Niall said it must be in breeding plumage

SASOL mentions that underpart colours varies regioanlly and Roberts mentions that those in the more easternly parts of the range is also more buff.
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Jumbo » Wed Dec 22, 2010 2:29 pm

Thank you Niall…BTW, your website is awesome!!! 8)

@Francois, the colour of the breast is exactly the reason I was confused.
Thank for your help…also please thank Tertius :D

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Unread postby Nannie » Thu Aug 18, 2011 4:20 pm

Today at Sunset dam.

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