Ringed Plover (species: Charadrius (Charadrius) hiaticula) in Birds of Ireland (Gaia Guide)
Charadrius (Charadrius) hiaticula
Ringed Plover

©Andreas Trepte: Ringed Plover (Charadrius (Charadrius) hiaticula)

©Paul Roberts: Ringed Plover (Charadrius (Charadrius) hiaticula)

©Agustín Povedano: Ringed Plover (Charadrius (Charadrius) hiaticula)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Charadriiformes
Family Charadriidae
Genus Charadrius
Species Charadrius (Charadrius) hiaticula
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

They have a grey-brown back and wings, a white belly, and a white breast with one black neckband. They have a brown cap, a white forehead, a black mask around the eyes and a short orange and black bill. The legs are orange and only the outer two toes are slightly webbed.

Juvenile Ringed Plovers are duller than the adults in colour, with an often incomplete grey-brown breast band, a dark bill and dull yellowish-grey legs. (Wikipedia)


  • Up to 19.5 cm (Length of specimen)


  • Up to 41 cm



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Web resources


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