Little Ringed Plover | Charadrius dubius

Robert's Birding Information: Little Ringed Plover

The Little Ringed 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 Little Ringed Plover (Latin name Charadrius dubius) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Charadrius dubius can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of and the detailed description of this bird is on page 397. You will find a picture of the Little Ringed 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 Little Ringed Plover between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition.

The Little Ringed Plover has a height of 17 cms and weighs around 37 gms. The head is coloured white, brown while the bill is coloured black. The Charadrius dubius has a white coloured throat, yellow legs and a brown coloured back. The eyes are brown.

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, brown.

Eyes are brown.

Bill is black.

Legs are yellow.

Throat is white.

Back is brown.

Little Ringed Plover Feeding Habits ...

This bird forages for food on the ground.

The Little Ringed Plover is usually seen hunting for food within the tree foliage.

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

The Charadrius dubius forages mainly on the ground or at the base of trees, and low down in the shrubs eating mostly fruits and seeds.

Little Ringed Plover Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

The bird is found in the African bushveld.

The bird is an urban dweller as well, being at home in parks, gardens and in old vacated buildings.

Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...

The Little Ringed Plover is mainly seen singly or in pairs in the wild.