Egyptian Plover (Pluvianus aegyptius) - HBW 3, p. 377
French: Pluvian fluviatile
Other common names: Crocodile-bird, Crocodile-plover, Egyptian Courser
Taxonomy: Charadrius ægyptius Linnaeus, 1758, Egypt.
Affinities uncertain: sometimes placed in its own family (Pluvianidae), or subfamily (Pluvianinae), or regarded as closer to subfamily Glareolinae. Birds from N Angola and Zaire somewhat smaller, sometimes regarded as race angolae, but variation is clinal and this form poorly defined, so not normally recognized as separate race. Monotypic.
Distribution: Sub-Saharan Africa from Senegal to Ethiopia, S to N Zaire and Uganda and narrowly into the lower basin of R Congo (Zaire) and extreme N Angola; formerly N along R Nile into Egypt, where now extinct.
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VideosSee all 15 videos
bird searching insects Locality Soma, Lower River Division , The Gambia (Monotypic species)
Daniêl Jimenez 27 December 2011 3 years ago 1 min 59 sec 4.7
Two birds foraging around. Locality Kaur, Central River Division, The Gambia (Monotypic species)
Yoel Jimenez 8 November 2014 6 weeks ago 56 sec 4.5
searching food Locality Soma, Lower River Division , The Gambia (Monotypic species)
Daniêl Jimenez 27 December 2011 3 years ago 20 sec 4.4
We saw 6 birds in the Kaolack Saltpans (Senegal) Locality Kaolack, Kaolack Region, Senegal
Javier Train 12 October 2010 4 years ago 41 sec 4.4
A pair at the edge of a lake, of which one is checking the sky for possible danger, and the other is foraging. Locality Kaur wetlands, Kaur, Central River Division, The Gambia (Monotypic species)
Pieter de Groot Boersma 1 November 2008 5 years ago 37 sec 4
A bird walking, feeding and flying Locality Basse, Upper River Division, The Gambia (Monotypic species)
Paul Clarke 11 January 2003 7 years ago 52 sec 3.9
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The Crocodilebird showing me a freshly caught grasshopper.
Locality Njau, Central River Division, The Gambia
Mattias Hofstede 16 December 2013 1 year ago 4.7
Foraging on waterline
Locality Kaur wetlands, Kaur, Central River Division, The Gambia (Monotypic species)
Mattias Hofstede 7 November 2012 2 years ago 4.6
An adult bird feeding along the edge of a receding freshwater pool.
Locality Soma, Lower River Division , The Gambia (Monotypic species)
Steve Garvie 13 October 2008 4 years ago 4.5
A bird on the ground
Locality El Mas‘udiya, Blue Nile State, Sudan
hythumm 1 October 2014 5 weeks ago 4.4
When we arrived to small ferry point, several Pluvianus aegyptius feed on grassland among people who waiting for ferry.
Locality Blue Nile State, Sudan
ahmet karataş 28 August 2013 1 year ago 4.3
Locality Khartoum, Khartoum State, Sudan
Mohamed Ismael 18 November 2013 1 year ago 4.3