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