French: Pluvier de Leschenault German: Wüstenregenpfeifer Spanish: Chorlitejo mongol grande
Subspecies and Distribution
C. l. columbinus
Wagler, 1829 – Turkey, Syria, Jordan, Armenia and Azerbaijan; winters Red Sea, Gulf of Aden and SE Mediterranean.
C. l. scythicus
Carlos, Roselaar & Voisin, 2012 – Transcaspia and (possibly this race) NW Afghanistan to SE Kazakhstan; winters NE & E Africa to W India.
C. l. leschenaultii
Lesson, 1826 – W China (Dzungaria), Mongolia, S Siberia (Tuva) and Altai Mts; winters S to S Asia and Australasia, probably also E Africa.
20–25 cm; 55–121 g; wingspan 44–60 cm. Medium-sized plover; larger than C. mongolus, with larger, broader head, larger bill, longer legs and... read more
Most-frequently heard call a short rolling “trrri” or “trrrr”, sometimes given in rapid sequences... read more
During breeding season predominantly found in deserts or semi-deserts, at lower altitudes than ... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly beetles, also molluscs (e.g. snails), worms, crustaceans (e.g. shrimps and crabs), other insects and their larvae (e.g. termites,... read more
Lays Apr–May in C Asia, late Mar to late May in Turkey; unfledged chicks in late Jun in Armenia. Solitary. Male advertises territory... read more
Migratory. Winters on shores of Australasia and Indian Ocean, but relation between breeding and non... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Population of race columbinus probably numbers fewer than 10,000 breeding birds, with 100–1000 pairs in Turkey and up... read more
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