Family Plovers (Charadriidae)

Least Concern

Caspian Plover (Charadrius asiaticus)


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

Charadrius asiaticus


, 1773,

saltlakes of the South Tatar Steppes, west Russia


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


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


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


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


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


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. (2020). 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 on 28 January 2020).