Plovers

Southern-Plover

There are over 60 species of plover found throughout the world and are characterised by relatively short bills.  They hunt by sight, rather than by feel as longer-billed waders like curlews do.  They feed mainly on insects, worms or other invertebrates, depending on habitat, which are obtained by a run-and-pause technique, rather than the steady probing of some other wader groups.

Discover 7 species from the British Stone Curlew and Avocet to the African Crowned and Blacksmith Plovers.

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Crowned Plover

Vanellus coronatus

Fairly shy birds that frequent areas of dry open grassland; they move in very short runs with bodies held horizontally and heads stretched forward.When breeding they can be very vocal, having a scolding call when threatened. They will sometimes use the dropped wing/injured bird tactic to draw a predator away...

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Masked Plover

Vanellus miles

There are 62 species of Plover found all over the world. The majority are long legged birds of marsh or grassland, inland or coastal, with obvious exceptions from desert to mountain. The nest is usually some form of scrape on the ground, with the eggs being heavily marked as camouflage,...

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