Chestnut-banded Plover | Charadrius pallidus

Robert's Birding Information: Chestnutbanded Plover

The Chestnut-banded 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 Chestnut-banded Plover (Latin name Charadrius pallidus) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Charadrius pallidus can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 247 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 401. You will find a picture of the Chestnut-banded 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 Chestnut-banded Plover between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition.

The Chestnut-banded Plover is known in Afrikaans as Rooibandstrandkiewiet.

The Chestnut-banded Plover has a height of 15 cms and weighs around 41 gms. The head is coloured grey, brown while the bill is coloured black. The Charadrius pallidus has a white, chestnut coloured throat, olive legs and a grey, brown coloured back. The eyes are brown.

The male Charadrius pallidus 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 grey, brown.

Eyes are brown.

Bill is black.

Legs are olive.

Throat is white, chestnut.

Back is grey, brown.

Chestnut Banded Plover Feeding Habits ...

This bird forages for food on the ground.

The Charadrius pallidus attacks its prey aerially and feeds on wing or takes the prey to a secluded venue where it is killed, torn into small pieces and eaten

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

Chestnut Banded Plover Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

The Chestnut-banded Plover is a monogamous bird which means that the bird finds and breeds with one partner for the rest of its life. The bird lays between 2 eggs and they are coloured cream.

The bird builds its nest on the ground with figs, straw and leaves. The nest is placed under a bush to protect the young from predators.

You can see the Chestnut-banded 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 ...

The Chestnut-banded Plover is mainly seen singly or in pairs in the wild.