Family Plovers (Charadriidae)

Least Concern

Long-billed Plover (Charadrius placidus)


French: Pluvier à long bec German: Ussuriregenpfeifer Spanish: Chorlitejo piquilargo

Charadrius placidus

J. E. Gray and G. R. Gray

, 1863,



Has on occasion been considered a race of C. hiaticula. Monotypic.


Russian Far East, NE & E China, Korea and Japan; also NE India (W Arunachal Pradesh). Winters from E Nepal and NE India to N Indochina, S China, S Korea and Japan.

Descriptive notes

18–21 cm; 41–70 g; wingspan 45 cm. Very similar to C. hiaticula, C. semipalmatus and C. dubius, but generally larger, with longer dark... read more


Generally rather shrill and metallic. Most-frequently heard call, usually given in flight, a clear... read more


Breeds in gravel, shingle or stony areas at edges of rivers and lakes. Recorded breeding to 900 m... read more

Food and feeding

Very little information available. Diet apparently includes flies and beetles. Usually solitary feeder.


Little known. Breeds from mid Mar in N of range, with nests recorded in Japan between 3 Apr and 5 Jul, but in NE India found with small... read more


Populations of Russia and NE & E China wholly or mainly migratory, respectively, moving S to E... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Total continental wintering population probably numbers less than 10,000 birds; nowhere seen in large numbers and densities in... read more

Recommended citation

Wiersma, P., Kirwan, G.M. & Boesman, P. (2020). Long-billed Plover (Charadrius placidus). 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).