Kentish Plover | Charadrius alexandrinus

Roberts Birding Information: Kentish Plover

The Kentish Plover is a Southern African bird that belongs to the Charadriidae bird family group which includes birds such as Plovers, Lapwings.

Sometimes referred to as the Kentish Lapwing...

The description for the Kentish Plover (Latin name Charadrius alexandrinus) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Charadrius alexandrinus can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 908 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 402. You will find a picture of the Kentish Plover on page 384.

NOTE: The reference for the information following is "Roberts Birds of Southern Africa", 7th Edition*. This edition contained a number of taxonomic changes as well as changes to English names used traditionally and in earlier editions of most bird books in South Africa. The following paragraph notes such changes if any.

There have been no changes in the common name between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition. There have been no changes in the Latin name for the Kentish Plover between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition.

The Kentish Plover has a height of 16 cms and weighs around 45 gms. The head is coloured white while the bill is coloured black. The Charadrius alexandrinus has a white coloured throat, black legs and a brown coloured back. The eyes are brown.

The male Charadrius alexandrinus has physical features that are slightly different from the female bird.

Take note of the bird's main distinguishing features such as colour, size and leg length relative to the body size of the bird. Colours of a bird's body parts can be helpful. Be aware what may appear brown to one person is described in Roberts Birds using some other word ... for example brown, black. See colours used in Roberts.

Head is white.

Eyes are brown.

Bill is black.

Legs are black.

Throat is white.

Back is brown.

Kentish Plover Feeding Habits ...

This bird forages for food on the ground.

This bird has a specially adapted bill which helps it hunt for fish, crabs, shrimp and other aquatic animals in the water.

This bird is a well known scavenger and rarely kills its own prey.

Kentish Plover Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

You can see the Kentish Plover bird on coastal regions and on the sea shore where the bird will be foraging with other birds.

Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...

The Kentish Plover can be seen singly, in pairs or in flocks...