White-fronted Plover | Charadrius marginatus

Robert's Birding Information: Whitefronted Plover

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

The description for the White-fronted Plover (Latin name Charadrius marginatus) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Charadrius marginatus can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 246 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 403. You will find a picture of the White-fronted 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.White Fronted Plovers

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 White-fronted Plover between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition.

The White-fronted Plover is known in Afrikaans as Vaalstrandkiewiet.

The White-fronted Plover has a height of 20 cms and weighs around 70 gms. The head is coloured white while the bill is coloured black. The Charadrius marginatus has a brown coloured throat, yellow legs and a brown coloured back. The eyes are brown.Whitefronted Plover

The male Charadrius marginatus 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 yellow.

Throat is brown.

Back is brown.

White Fronted 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.

Whitefronted 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 ...

The WHitefronted Plover is normally seen in pairs or small groups.