Order Charadriiformes

Family Dromadidae

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Previously placed in its own superfamily, mainly on grounds of plumage of downy chicks; sometimes grouped with Laridae or (because of burrow-nesting habits) with Alcidae. Few recent studies have included material for this species#R, but nowadays normally considered closest to Glareolidae#R, and recent molecular work supports a sister-relationship for these two#R.

  • Medium-sized, long-legged wading birds with thick, powerful bill and burrow-nesting habits.
  • Indian Ocean coasts.
  • Coastal sandbanks and tidal mudflats, sandflats and coral reefs.
  • 38-41 cm.
  • 1 genus, 1 species, 1 taxon.
  • 0 species threatened;
    none extinct since 1600.

Recommended citation

Rands, M.R.W. & Bonan, A. (2019). Crab-plover (Dromadidae). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/52237 on 11 December 2019).