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