Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula)

Ringed Plover are a small wader with a distinctive black breast-band and head markings, and a short orange bill with a black tip during summer. During the winter birds are much duller, with more brown-ish colour markings rather than black.

Common throughout the UK as a breeder and over-winter. Birds from Europe migrate to Britain during the winter.

They breed on shingle beaches, inland gravel pits and shingle river margins. During the winter they can often be seen on estuaries and coastal mudflats.

Call is clear too-ip.

Interesting Fact: Ringed Plover eggs are well camouflaged, they are almost invisible when on shingle beaches.

Ringed Plover is on the Red List for Birds of Conservation Concern.

Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula)

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