Common Ringed Plover | Charadrius hiaticula

Robert's Birding Information: Common Ringed Plover

The Common 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 Common Ringed Plover (Latin name Charadrius hiaticula) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Charadrius hiaticula can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 245 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 396. You will find a picture of the Common 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.

This bird is known as Ringed Plover in the Roberts 6th Edition. There have been no changes in the Latin name for the Common Ringed Plover between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition.

The Common Ringed Plover is known in Afrikaans as Ringnekstrandkiewiet.

The Common Ringed Plover has a height of 19 cms and weighs around 50 gms. The head is coloured brown while the bill is coloured black. The Charadrius hiaticula has a black coloured throat, grey 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 brown.

Eyes are brown.

Bill is black.

Legs are grey.

Throat is black.

Back is brown.

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

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

The Common Ringed Plover is found in the Southern African wetlands, riverine forests and moist grasslands.

The bird is at home in riverine forests and close to water bodies such as lakes, dams and streams.

You can see the Common Ringed 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 ...

This bird is usually seen in small family groups or in large flocks.