Family Plovers (Charadriidae)

Least Concern

Caspian Plover (Charadrius asiaticus)


Taxonomy

French: Pluvier asiatique German: Wermutregenpfeifer Spanish: Chorlitejo asiático chico
Taxonomy:

Charadrius asiaticus

Pallas

, 1773,

saltlakes of the South Tatar Steppes, west Russia

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This species, along with closely related C. veredus and C. montanus, sometimes placed in genus Eupoda. Formerly treated as conspecific with C. veredus. Monotypic.

Distribution:

W, N & E Caspian Sea E to L Alakol and L Zaysan, in E Kazakhstan, and extreme NW Xinjiang, in NW China. Winters in E & S Africa.

Descriptive notes

18–20 cm; 60–91 g; wingspan 55–61 cm. Slim, upright plover, with clear white supercilium, forehead and throat; brown crown and upperparts; breastband rusty... read more

Voice

Most-frequently heard call a short, slightly nasal “chup”, sometimes repeated in rapid sequences or... read more

Habitat

Breeds in lowland desert and desert steppe, preferably in saltpans or on saline soil, often subject... read more

Food and feeding

Few data available. Primarily insects and their larvae. In breeding season mainly takes beetles, also ants, grasshoppers, bugs,... read more

Breeding

Lays Apr to late Jun. Mating system uncertain, monogamous pair-bond reported. Song-flight may be heard until midnight on moonlit nights.... read more

Movements

Migratory. Usually moves in small flocks of 5–12 birds, sometimes up to 30. Flocks form after... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Total population probably numbers 40,000–55,000 birds, of which an estimated 200–500 pairs in European Russia, where... read more

Recommended citation

Wiersma, P., Kirwan, G.M. & Boesman, P. (2017). Caspian Plover (Charadrius asiaticus). 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/53847 on 23 November 2017).