Family Plovers (Charadriidae)

Least Concern

Double-banded Plover (Charadrius bicinctus)


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

Charadrius bicinctus

Jardine and Selby

, 1827,

New South Wales, Australia


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


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


    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


    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


    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. (2019). 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 on 23 May 2019).