Family Plovers (Charadriidae)

Least Concern

Oriental Plover (Charadrius veredus)


French: Pluvier oriental German: Steppenregenpfeifer Spanish: Chorlitejo asiático grande

Charadrius veredus


, 1848,

northern Australia


This species, along with closely related C. asiaticus and C. montanus, sometimes placed in genus Eupoda. Formerly considered conspecific with C. asiaticus. Monotypic.


S Siberia (Tuva and S Transbaikalia) through W, N & E Mongolia to extreme NE China (N Inner Mongolia and NW Heilongjiang). Winters in NW & NC Australia, sparsely in S.

Descriptive notes

22–25·5 cm; c. 95 g; wingspan 46–53 cm. Elegant plover, with creamy-white head and neck, and brown hindcrown; rufous-red breastband with black lower edge;... read more


Gives a sharp whistled “chip-chip-chip” or “hweet” in flight, a ... read more


Arid inland areas, especially stony flats and alongside rivers and salt or freshwater lakes. During... read more

Food and feeding

Few data available. Mainly beetles, also other insects, such as termites, grasshoppers and bugs; snails and seeds. Feeds in loose, small... read more


Season Apr–Jul. Solitary breeder. Only females tend brood. No further information available.


Migratory. Departs breeding grounds in Jul, males first. Main non-breeding grounds in NW & NC... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Total population estimated at 70,000 birds, of which at least 40,000 winter in Australia, with important sites at: Port Hedland... read more

Recommended citation

Wiersma, P. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Oriental Plover (Charadrius veredus). 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 29 March 2020).