Plovers (Charadriidae)

Greater Sandplover (Charadrius leschenaultii) - HBW 3, p. 437

French: Pluvier de Leschenault German: Wüstenregenpfeifer Spanish: Chorlitejo Mongol Grande
Other common names: Great/Large/Large-billed/Geoffroy's (Sand) Plover/Dotterel

Taxonomy: Charadrius Leschenaultii Lesson, 1826, Pondicherry, India.
Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • columbinus Wagler, 1829 - Turkey, Syria, Jordan, Armenia, Azerbaijan and S Afghanistan; winters Red Sea, Gulf of Aden and SE Mediterranean.
  • crassirostris (Severtsov, 1873) - Transcaspia to SE Kazakhstan; winters in E & SE Africa.
  • leschenaultii Lesson, 1826 - W China (Dzungaria), S Mongolia (N Gobi Desert), S Siberia (Tuvinskaya) and Altai Mts; winters Australasia.

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