Greater Sand Plover | Charadrius leschenaultii

Roberts Birding Information: Greater Sand Plover

The Greater Sand 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 Greater Sand Plover (Latin name Charadrius leschenaultii) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Charadrius leschenaultii can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 251 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 405. You will find a picture of the Greater Sand 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 Greater Sand Plover between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition.

The Greater Sand Plover has a height of 25 cms and weighs around 90 gms. The head is coloured brown while the bill is coloured black. The Charadrius leschenaultii has a white coloured throat, grey legs and a brown coloured back. The eyes are brown.

The male Charadrius leschenaultii 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 brown.

Eyes are brown.

Bill is black.

Legs are grey.

Throat is white.

Back is brown.

Greater Sand 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.

Greater Sand Plover Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

The Greater Sand 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 Greater Sand 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.