Caspian Plover | Charadrius asiaticus

Roberts Birding Information: Caspian Plover

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

The description for the Caspian Plover (Latin name Charadrius asiaticus) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Charadrius asiaticus can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 252 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 406. You will find a picture of the Caspian 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 Caspian Plover between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition.

The Caspian Plover is known in Afrikaans as Asiatiese Strandkiewiet.

The Caspian Plover has a height of 18 cms and weighs around 55 gms. The head is coloured white while the bill is coloured grey. The Charadrius asiaticus has a white coloured throat, grey legs and a grey coloured back. The eyes are brown.

The male Charadrius asiaticus 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 grey.

Legs are grey.

Throat is white.

Back is grey.

Caspian Plover Feeding Habits ...

This bird forages for food on the ground.

This bird eats insects such as butterflies, bees, wasps, locusts and ants. These invertebrates are usually hawked aerially, killed and then eaten.

Caspian Plover Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

The bird is mainly found in the Savanna grasslands where it breeds and feeds.

Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...

It is also seen in flocks.