Kentish Plovers usually look strikingly whiter than other small plovers especially on the sharply demarcated white forehead and eye stripe. They always have relatively big heads and long black legs. Adults are easily recognised by their narrow black shoulder line instead of complete black breast bands. Adult males have additional black and ginger markings on the crown. They are as small as Little Ringed Plovers but show an obvious wing bar in flight.
Breeds and winters on sandy beaches, salt-pans and estuaries.