Lesser Sand Plover (species: Charadrius (Charadrius) mongolus) in Yalgorup WA (Gaia Guide)
Charadrius (Charadrius) mongolus
Lesser Sand Plover

©J.J. Harrison: Lesser Sand Plover (Charadrius (Charadrius) mongolus)

©Kevin Lin: Lesser Sand Plover (Charadrius (Charadrius) mongolus) in breeding plumage
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Charadriiformes
Family Charadriidae
Genus Charadrius
Species Charadrius (Charadrius) mongolus
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

This chunky plover is long-legged and long-billed. Breeding males have grey backs and white underparts. The breast, forehead and nape are chestnut, and there is a black eye mask. The female is duller, and winter and juvenile birds lack the chestnut, apart from a hint of rufous on the head. Legs are dark and the bill black. (Wikipedia)


  • From 19 cm to 23 cm (Length of specimen)


  • From 45 cm to 48 cm



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Distribution and habitat preferences

It breeds above the tree line in the Himalayas and discontinuously across to bare coastal plains in north-eastern Siberia.

This species is strongly migratory, wintering on sandy beaches in east Africa, south Asia and Australasia. It is a very rare vagrant in western Europe. (Wikipedia)

Audio recordings



© Patrik Åberg


Its food is insects, crustaceans and annelid worms, which are obtained by a run-and-pause technique, rather than the steady probing of some other wader groups. (Wikipedia)

Web resources


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