Three-banded Plover | Charadrius tricollaris

Robert's Birding Information: Threebanded Plover

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

The description for the Three-banded Plover (Latin name Charadrius tricollaris) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Charadrius tricollaris can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 249 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 400. You will find a picture of the Three-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 Three-banded Plover between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition.Three Banded Plover

The Three-banded Plover is known in Afrikaans as Driebandstrandkiewiet.

The Three-banded Plover has a height of 18 cms and weighs around 37 gms. The head is coloured brown while the bill is coloured grey. The Charadrius tricollaris has a black, white coloured throat, pink 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 grey.

Legs are pink.

Throat is black, white.

Back is brown.

Threebanded 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.

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

The Three-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 1 to 2 eggs and they are coloured green.

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

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