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Red-Capped Plover..(charadrius Ruficapillus)

Red-Capped Plover..(charadrius Ruficapillus)

Description:

The Red-capped Plover (Charadrius ruficapillus) is a small bird. Bright rufous crown with black front edge and black eye stripe. Black bill and legs. White forehead, upper parts brown. Females are similar with duller crown and less distinct black markings. Average size: 15cm Average weight: 37g Breeding season: July to March Clutch Size: 2 Incubation: 31 days Nestling Period: 34 days Male and Female shown..

Habitat:

The Red-capped Plover is a tiny little coastal bird, and a fairly common sight on many Australian beaches, Feeding: May be seen foraging for molluscs, small crustaceans and some vegetation, on mudflats, sandy beaches and salt-marsh. Breeding: The nest site of the Red-capped Plover is a shallow scrape on a beach or stony area, nearly always close to water. Sometimes the nest is protected by a small plant or some rubbish. The eggs are usually well camouflaged.

Notes:

Also known as the Red-capped Dotterel, Red-necked Plover, Sandlark or Sandpiper.

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2 Comments

Vic
Vic 9 years ago

Thanks ceherzog :-) these lil guys are so fast...

ceherzog
ceherzog 9 years ago

You get some of the neatest birds in Australia. Would love to see that plover.

Vic
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Vic

New South Wales, Australia

Spotted on Jul 8, 2012
Submitted on Jul 12, 2012

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