Charadrius asiaticus   Pallas,  1773 (Bird)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Aves

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Size: Length 18-22 cm.

Color: Above plain brown below white with brown mottling on breast; head and neck white mottled brown; brrown crown, white forehead; brown eye patch; breeding male with entire upperparts dark brown; breast band chestnut boardered on lower edge with dark brown to black; dark brown eye patch and very distinct white superciliary stripe; breeding female like male but with brown breast band.. Immature like adult but with buff edges to feathers of back. Bare parts: iris dark brown; bill black; feet and legs green or greenish.

Synonym (s)

Common Name (s)
• Caspian plover (English)
• Caspian Sand Plover (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Threats:  Anthropogenic
(The main threat to this species is the destruction of natural steppe and grassland though overgrazing and conversion to intensive agricultural practices)

Habitat:  Estuarine, Coastal
IUCN Status:  Least Concern


• Kerala, Kol wetlands (Lat: 10.66) (Long: 76.18) INDIA
• Kerala, Kol wetlands (Lat: 10.33) (Long: 75.96) INDIA
• Sundarban INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Nameer, PO (2005) Wetlands and waterfowl conservation in kerala with special reference to Ramsar sites kerala environment congress 2005 Centre for environment and development 97-112 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • (2003) IUCN Red list of threatened species Available at -
  • PBase Available at -
  • Vernacular names of the Birds of the Indian Subcontinent Buceros, Envis newsletter: Avian Ecology & Inland Wetlands 62pp Available at -
  • Manakadan R and Pittie A (2001) Standardized English names of the Birds of the Indian Subcontinent BUCEROS Envis Newsletter: Avian ecology and inland wetland 6(1) 26pp Available at -
  • Kumar A, sati JP and Tak CK (2003) Checklist of Indian Waterbids Buceros Envis Newsletter: Avian ecology and inland wetlands 8(1) 30pp Available at -
  • Zöckler C, Balachandran S, Bunting GC, Fanck M, Kashiwagi M, Lappo EG, Maheswaran G, Sharma A, Syroechkovski EE and Webb K (2005) The Indian Sunderbans: an important wintering site for Siberian waders Wader Study Group Bull 108 42–46pp Available at -
  • Kumar, A; Sati, JP; Tak, PC and Alfred, JRB (2005) Handbook on Indian wetland birds and their conservation Zoological Survey of India, Dehra Dun 468 pp Available at - NIO, Goa

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