Family Plovers (Charadriidae)

Least Concern

Little Ringed Plover (Charadrius dubius)


French: Pluvier petit-gravelot German: Flussregenpfeifer Spanish: Chorlitejo chico

Charadrius dubius


, 1786,

Luzon, Philippines


In the past, birds of S Japan and China erroneously attributed to nominate race and those of New Guinea region erroneously placed in jerdoni. Proposed race papuanus (New Guinea) synonymized with nominate. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. d. curonicus J. F. Gmelin, 1789 – Eurasia from British Is to Russian Far East, Korea, E China and Japan, also in N Africa and Canary Is; winters in Africa S of Sahara, Arabia, E China and Indonesia.
  • C. d. jerdoni (Legge, 1880) – Indian Subcontinent and SE Asia.
  • C. d. dubius Scopoli, 1786 – Philippines S to New Guinea and Bismarck Archipelago.
  • Descriptive notes

    14–17 cm; 26–53 g; wingspan 42–48 cm. Eyering bright yellow. Smaller and less bulky than C. hiaticula, C. semipalmatus and C. placidus... read more


    Most-frequently heard call, usually given in flight, a slightly burry, piping, over-slurred “... read more


    Mainly lowlands, up to 800 m, but to 2750 m in Nepalese Himalayas; rarely coastal, except on... read more

    Food and feeding

    Mainly insects, including beetles, flies, ants, mayfly and dragonfly larvae and crickets; spiders, shrimps and other invertebrates, e.g.... read more


    Lays Apr–Jun in Europe, Mar–May in N Africa; race jerdoni breeds mainly Mar–May in India, but Jun–Jul in... read more


    Race curonicus migratory, but possibly resident in S breeding areas; W European population... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Race curonicus in Europe and NW Africa numbers 100,000–1,000,000 birds, of which 17,000–28,000 breeding pairs in... read more

    Recommended citation

    Wiersma, P., Kirwan, G.M., Christie, D.A. & Boesman, P. (2020). Little Ringed Plover (Charadrius dubius). 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 February 2020).