Plovers (Charadriidae)

Chestnut-banded Plover (Charadrius pallidus) - HBW 3, p. 433

French: Pluvier élégant German: Rotband-Regenpfeifer Spanish: Chorlitejo Pálido
Other common names: Chestnut-banded Sandplover

Taxonomy: Charadrius pallidus Strickland, 1852, Walvis Bay.
Considerable confusion with nomenclature in past: name C. pallidus was considered synonymous with C. (alexandrinus) marginatus; present species was known as C. venustus, and S race as C. v. rufocinctus. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • venustus Fischer & Reichenow, 1884 - Rift Valley soda-lakes on border of Kenya and Tanzania.
  • pallidus Strickland, 1852 - S Africa, on coast from SW Angola to Mozambique, and inland in N Namibia, N Botswana and CN South Africa.

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