Kentish Plover

Charadrius alexandrinus

(C. a. alexandrinus)

Armenian Name: Ծովային քարադր
Kentish Plover

See Plate 26 for Kentish Plover and other similar species

Resident Status: Breeding bird
Abundance: Uncommon
Length:15-17 cm, Wing Span:42-45 cm
Distribution Map: Map 117.
Description: Pale with blackish legs.
Adult (Breeding): Male has brown midcrown and nape with variable reddish tint, white supercilium, black forecrown does not extend to black eyestripe. Black patch on side of breast. Female: uniform brown crown and mantle; dark brown forecrown, eyestripe, and patches on sides of breast.
Similar Species: Differs from other small plovers by dark legs and pale color.
Behavior: Runs rapidly.
Habitat: Fish ponds, lake shores, shingle river banks.
Food: Invertebrates.
Nest: Shallow ground scrape lined with dry aquatic plants or unlined.
Eggs: 31 mm, 3, pale greenish-brown, dark brown and pale violet spots.