Family Plovers (Charadriidae)

Least Concern

Double-banded Plover (Charadrius bicinctus)


Taxonomy

French: Pluvier à double collier German: Doppelband-Regenpfeifer Spanish: Chorlitejo bicinchado
Taxonomy:

Charadrius bicinctus

Jardine and Selby

, 1827,

New South Wales, Australia

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Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. b. bicinctus Jardine & Selby, 1827 – New Zealand and Chatham Is; winters to S & E Australia, Tasmania, Norfolk I and Lord Howe I; also uncommon visitor in New Caledonia, Vanuatu and Fiji.
  • C. b. exilis Falla, 1978 – Auckland Is (Adams and Enderby; formerly on Auckland).
  • Descriptive notes

    18–21 cm; nominate 47–76 g, exilis 78–89 g (n = 4); wingspan 37–42 cm. Small, chubby, upright plover; narrow upper breastband black... read more

    Voice

    Most-frequently heard call a strident “pit!”, with slightly less emphatic variations, “chit” or “... read more

    Habitat

    Usually breeds inland on dry, open, firm banks of sand, gravel or shingle in wide rivers; at high... read more

    Food and feeding

    Molluscs, insects (e.g. larvae of chironomids and other flies and beetles, also caterpillars), crustaceans (e.g. isopods and small crabs),... read more

    Breeding

    Lays Aug–Dec in lowlands; mid-Sept (or mid-Aug) to mid-Dec, mostly Oct, in higher areas. Seasonally monogamous, sometimes into second... read more

    Movements

    Nominate race partially migratory, the only plover that migrates from New Zealand to Australia;... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Widespread in New Zealand; total population estimated at 50,000 birds, of which c. 30,000 winter in Australia, and more than 4000 on... read more

    Recommended citation

    Wiersma, P., Kirwan, G.M. & Boesman, P. (2017). Double-banded Plover (Charadrius bicinctus). 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/53844 on 23 November 2017).