French: Pluvier de Mongolie German: Mongolenregenpfeifer Spanish: Chorlitejo mongol chico
saltlakes towards Mongolian border = Kulusutay, probably on Onon River, Siberia
Subspecies and Distribution
C. m. pamirensis
(Richmond, 1896) – W Tien Shan, Pamirs and Karakoram to W Kunlun Shan; winters S & E Africa to W India.
C. m. atrifrons
Wagler, 1829 – Lesser Sandplover – Himalayas and S Tibetan Plateau; winters India to Sumatra.
C. m. schaeferi
Meyer de Schauensee, 1937 – E Tibet N to S Mongolia; winters Thailand to Greater Sundas.
C. m. mongolus
Pallas, 1776 – Mongolian Sandplover – inland E Siberia and Russian Far East; winters from Taiwan to Wallacea and Australia, a few birds reaching New Zealand.
C. m. stegmanni
Portenko, 1939 – NE Siberia from Chukotskiy Peninsula S to Kamchatka, N Kuril Is and Commander Is; winters S Ryukyu Is and Taiwan to Australia.
18–21 cm; 39–110 g; wingspan 45–58 cm. Black eyepatch, broad rufous-red breastband and hindneck collar; legs typically dark grey. Very similar to C.... read more
Most-frequently heard call a short, hard “drrrit” (reminiscent of Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria... read more
In breeding season, occurs above or beyond treeline, mainly in mountains at altitudes up to 5500 m... read more
Food and feeding
Rather few data available. In non-breeding habitats, takes insects; crustaceans, such as crabs and amphipods; molluscs, particularly... read more
Laying generally late May to mid-Jun, but from mid May in pamirensis. Density of pamirensis c. 1 pair/km²; rarely 3... read more
Migratory. Four groups definable, migrating to different winter quarters, although vagrants of one... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Population of pamirensis estimated at 30,000–50,000 birds, with 28,000 estimated wintering along Saudi Arabian Gulf... read more
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