Double-banded Plover (species: Charadrius (Charadrius) bicinctus) in Fraser Island (Gaia Guide)
Charadrius (Charadrius) bicinctus
Double-banded Plover

©J.J. Harrison: Double-banded Plover (Charadrius (Charadrius) bicinctus) in breeding plumage

©Tom Tarrant: Double-banded Plover (Charadrius (Charadrius) bicinctus) in basic plumage

©Arthur Chapman: Double-banded Plover (Charadrius (Charadrius) bicinctus)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Charadriiformes
Family Charadriidae
Genus Charadrius
Species Charadrius (Charadrius) bicinctus
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

Adults in breeding plumage are white, with a dark greyish brown back, and have a distinctive brown breast, with a thinner band of black below the neck, and between the eyes and beak. Younger birds have no bands, and are often speckled brown on top, with less white parts. (Wikipedia)


  • From 18 cm to 19 cm (Length of specimen)


  • Wingspan data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Distribution and habitat preferences

They are fairly widespread in the south of New Zealand, but not often seen in the north. The nominate subspecies is partly migratory, breeding in New Zealand and the Chatham Islands and some wintering in Australia, New Caledonia, Vanuatu and Fiji, others staying in New Zealand. The Auckland Islands subspecies is sedentary but some birds move from their territories to the shore

They live on beaches, mud flats, and grasslands. (Wikipedia)

Local abundance

  • Cape Kidnappers, New Zealand: abundant

Audio recordings


Single note call

© Frank Lambert

Web resources


  • Simpson, K., N. Day and P. Trusler (2004). Field Guide to Birds of Australia: 7th Edition Penguin Group (Australia), Camberwell, Victoria.