Common Ringed Plover

Charadrius hiaticula

(C. h. hiaticula)

Armenian Name: Փողկապավոր քարադր
Common Ringed Plover

See Plate 26 for Common Ringed Plover and other similar species

Resident Status: Migrant
Abundance: Rare
Length:18-20 cm, Wing Span:48-57 cm
Distribution Map: Map 115.
Description: Stout plover with orange legs, short thick bicolored bill, and in flight shows white wing stripe.
Adult (Breeding): Black and white head pattern, broad blackish breast band, orange bill with black tip.
Adult (Non-breeding): Both sexes have browner head and breast pattern, and darker bill.
Juvenile: Upperparts with pale feather edges; breast band gray-brown, sometimes incomplete. Bill dark.
Similar Species: Differs from Little Ringed Plover by larger size, broader breast band, short thick bill, and in flight, prominent white wing stripe; lacks eyering.
Behavior: Runs rapidly or slowly with short pauses.
Habitat: Fish ponds, lake shores.
Food: Invertebrates.