Charadrius leschenaultii   Lesson,  1826 (Bird)
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Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class: Aves
Order:Charadriiformes
Family:Charadriidae

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Description
Size: 22-25 cm; Length 22-25 cm.

Color: Brown above including neck; white below; white forehead continuing into white superciliary stripe; brown breast band broken in non-breading adult; breast band in breeding birds chestnut and face mask dark brown contrasting with paler crown (some females lack mask and have incomplete breast band). Immature like non-breeding adult, but with paler edges to dorsal feathers. Bare parts: iris dark brown; bill heavy and black; feet and legs grey or greenish grey, tinged pink or yellow and extend well beyond tail in flight.

Voice: A sharp trrrt or prrrirt.

Habits: A sea-board species, gregarious in company with other waders in the coastal areas.

Sexes alike, Non-breeding (winter): Forehead and supercilium prominent pale, crown, ear-coverts, upperparts and patches on sides of breast grey-brown. Breeding (summer): Male has black mask with white patch on sides of forehead, rufous-orange breast-band and sides of neck, white female is similar to non-breeding adult but with an orange breast-band.


Synonym (s)

Common Name (s)
• Greater Sand Plover (English)
• Large Sand Plover (English)
• great sand-plover (English)
• Greater Sandplover (English)
• greater sand-plover (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
(In some parts of its breeding range this species is threatened by the destruction of wetlands and bordering fallow steppe through drainage and water extraction for irrigation. The species is also susceptible to disturbance from tourists in its non-breeding range)

Ecology
Habitat:  Estuarine, Rocky, Sandy, Muddy
Trophic Level:  Consumer
Prey:  Carnivorous, comprising crabs, marine worms and insects.
IUCN Status:  Least Concern

Biogeography


• INDIA
• PAKISTAN
• BANGLADESH
• SRI LANKA
• MALDIVES
• Goa, Morjim beach INDIA (Record: 12/09/1982)
• Goa, Agarwaddo marshes INDIA
• Goa, Chapora estuary INDIA
• Goa, Divar INDIA
• Goa, Chorao INDIA
• Goa, Panaji saltpans INDIA
• Goa, Santa Cruz creek INDIA
• Goa, Velsao beach INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Pichavaram INDIA (Record: 08/1986-07/1987)
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA (Record: 2003, 2008)
• Tamil Nadu, Pichavaram INDIA
• Gujarat, Gulf of Kachchh INDIA
• Kerala, Kol wetlands (Lat: 10.66) (Long: 76.18) INDIA
• Kerala, Kol wetlands (Lat: 10.33) (Long: 75.96) INDIA
• Goa, Mandovi estuary INDIA
• Orissa, Dhamra Port INDIA
• Gujarat, Bet Dwarka INDIA
• Orissa, Bhitarkanika INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Muthupet Mangroves (Lat: 10.33) (Long: 79.58) INDIA
• Kerela, Kuttanad wetlands INDIA
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Andhra Pradesh, Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary INDIA
• Sundarban INDIA

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