Mobile bird identification
Bird Field Guide

Little Ringed Plover

  Charadrius dubius
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Notes:
The Little Ringed Plover used to be a very rare vagrant to the UK however numbers have increased dramatically in recent years and there are now around 1200 pair breeding in the South East of England.
Order: Charadriiformes

Family: Charadriidae

Genus:  Charadrius

Species: C. dubius
Little Ringed Plover in summer plumage.
Note the bright orange Eye ring, dark bill and dull legs distinguishing this bird from a Ringed Plover.
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The Little Ringed Plover has a plain brown back in flight with no white wing bars or markings. Note the dark bill and yellow eye ring.
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In winter the birds black markings are much duller, however the yellow eye ring is still retained.
Juvenile
The Juvenile birds breast band does not meet in the middle and it's head is plain brown. The lack of white stripe above the eye separates it from a Juvenile Ringed Plover. Also note the scaly appearance of the birds back and wings.
Ringed Plover or Little Ringed Plover?
Little Ringed Plover head
Ringed Plover head
Ringed Plover Flying
Little Ringed Plover flying
The Little Ringed Plover (Left) has a white line between crown and black forehead, this is visible in both summer and winter plumage. It also has a bright orange eye ring. The Ringed Plover (right) has a bright orange and black bill in summer although this is dull or black in winter. It also has bright orange legs in summer the Little Ringed Plover has dull pink legs.
In flight the Little Ringed Plover (left) has plain brown wings and lacks the white bars of the Ringed Plover (Right)
Little Ringed Plover identification
Little Ringed Plover flying

The Little Ringed Plover has a sandy-brown back, white underside, black breast band and a bright yellow eye ring.

Little Ringed Plover flying from below
Adult Male and Female (Summer)
*Dark bill
*Dull pink legs
*Yellow eye ring
*White line between crown and black forehead
Sandy brown plain back and white underside
Little Ringed Plover in summer plumage
Little Ringed Plover flying
Little Ringed Plover juvenile
Adult Male and Female (Winter)
Little Ringed Plover in winter plumage
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Breeding distribution
Probably breeding
Probably breeding
Confirmed to be breeding in this area
Confirmed breeding sites
Breeding distribution of Little Ringed Plover
General distribution:
A widespread Summer visitor to most of Europe except the far North. In the UK it is is found mainly in the South East of England.
Habitat:
Breeds on sand and shingle banks near beaches or inland water but can also be found around mines and derelict ground. On migration it can be found on estuary mudflats.
*Key ID points
*plain wings
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