Kittlitz's Plover | Charadrius pecuarius

Roberts Birding Information: Kittlitz's Plover

The Kittlitz's 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 Kittlitz's Plover (Latin name Charadrius pecuarius) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Charadrius pecuarius can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 248 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 398. You will find a picture of the Kittlitz's 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 Kittlitz's Plover between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition.

The Kittlitz's Plover is known in Afrikaans as Geelborsstrandkiewiet.

The Kittlitz's Plover has a height of 14 cms and weighs around 40 gms. The head is coloured grey while the bill is coloured black. The Charadrius pecuarius has a white coloured throat, black legs and a grey coloured back. The eyes are brown.

The male Charadrius pecuarius 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.

Eyes are brown.

Bill is black.

Legs are black.

Throat is white.

Back is grey.

Kittlitz's 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.

Kittlitz's Plover Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

The Kittlitz's 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 1 to 3 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.

The bird is mainly found in the Savanna grasslands where it breeds and feeds.

The Kittlitz's Plover is found in the Southern African wetlands, riverine forests and moist grasslands.

Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...

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