Hooded Plover (species: Thinornis rubricollis) in Yalgorup WA (Gaia Guide)
Thinornis rubricollis
Hooded Plover

©Leo: Hooded Plover (Thinornis rubricollis)

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Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Charadriiformes
Family Charadriidae
Genus Thinornis
Species Thinornis rubricollis
Status near threatened



Distinguishing features

It has a black hood and throat with a white collar. Its red bill has a black tip. It has a red eye ring and orange legs. Underparts are white. Males and females are similar. Adults and juveniles are similar except the juveniles do not have the black head and hindneck, which are instead a sandy brown. (Wikipedia)


  • Up to 23 cm (Length of specimen)


  • Up to 44 cm



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Distribution and habitat preferences

Its natural habitats are freshwater lakes, freshwater marshes, coastal saline lagoons, and sandy beaches. Heavy populations are found on beaches with seaweed and dunes. (Wikipedia)

Web resources


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