Red-capped Plover (species: Charadrius (Charadrius) ruficapillus) in Yalgorup WA (Gaia Guide)
Charadrius (Charadrius) ruficapillus
Red-capped Plover

©Nick Talbot: Red-capped Plover (Charadrius (Charadrius) ruficapillus)

©Leo: Red-capped plover, Merimbula, NSW, Australia.

©J.J. Harrison: Female Red-capped Plover (Charadrius (Charadrius) ruficapillus) in breeding plumage
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Charadriiformes
Family Charadriidae
Genus Charadrius
Species Charadrius (Charadrius) ruficapillus
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

They have white underparts and forehead. Their upperparts are mainly grey-brown. Adult males have a rufous crown and hindneck. Adult females have a paler rufous and grey brown crown and hindneck, with pale loreal stripe. The upperwing shows dark brown remiges and primary coverts with a white wingbar in flight.

Breeding plumage shows a red-brown crown and nape with black margins. Non-breeding plumage is duller and lacks the black margins. (Wikipedia)


  • From 14 cm to 16 cm (Length of specimen)


  • From 27 cm to 34 cm



This is Master Plover. Master of the Stop-Run-Peck Kung Fu Attack and famous for using the Broken Wing Decoy to lure the Crow Hordes from the West away from The Valley of Peace.

by David Witherall


©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Distribution and habitat preferences

It is widespread in Australia; it is a vagrant to New Zealand. The species occupies a range of coastal and inland habitats, including estuaries, bays, beaches, sandflats and mudflats; inland saline wetlands. It is also found in inland wetland areas with bare ground. (Wikipedia)


It mainly eats small invertebrates, especially molluscs, crustaceans and worms. (Wikipedia)

Web resources


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