Family Plovers (Charadriidae)

Least Concern

Forbes’s Plover (Charadrius forbesi)


French: Pluvier de Forbes German: Forbesregenpfeifer Spanish: Chorlitejo de Forbes

Ægialitis forbesi


, 1883,

Shonga, Niger River


Has been considered conspecific with C. tricollaris (and C. bifrontatus); these three taxa sometimes separated in genus Afroxyechus. Monotypic.


Guinea to SW South Sudan, and S through DRCongo and W Uganda locally to C Angola and N Zambia. Rarely recorded W to Senegambia.

Descriptive notes

20 cm; 46–49 g (four males). Two black breastbands; red eyering. Resembles C. tricollaris, but slightly larger, with darker upperparts; darker, browner head;... read more


Gives plaintive piping “pee-oo”, which may be repeated, or single “peeuw”,... read more


Not particularly attached to water. Breeds in rocky upland habitats with granite outcrops, in... read more

Food and feeding

Beetles, grasshoppers and other insects, and their larvae; also small molluscs, crustaceans and worms. Usually solitary, but sometimes in... read more


Lays during rainy season, (Mar) Jul–Aug in Ghana, Mar–Aug in Nigeria; during dry season in Gabon, Jun–Sept, and Zambia,... read more


Migratory, at least on local basis; during dry season, breeding grounds deserted for nearby... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). No population estimates available, although it has been suggested that there are at least 100,000 individuals. Locally common to... read more

Recommended citation

Wiersma, P. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Forbes’s Plover (Charadrius forbesi). 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 26 February 2020).