Plovers (Charadriidae)

Kentish Plover (Charadrius alexandrinus) - HBW 3, p. 432

French: Pluvier à collier interrompu German: Seeregenpfeifer Spanish: Chorlitejo Patinegro
Other common names: Snowy Plover (New World races), Sandplover

Taxonomy: Charadrius alexandrinus Linnaeus, 1758, Egypt.
Forms superspecies with C. marginatus, C. javanicus and C. ruficapillus; all of these have on occasion been considered conspecific with present species, especially C. javanicus (see page 386); in contrast, races nivosus and occidentalis sometimes considered to constitute one or two additional distinct species. Part of population on Gulf of Mexico often separated as race tenuirostris, on basis of supposedly paler coloration, but many recent authors include it in nivosus. Five subspecies usually recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • alexandrinus Linnaeus, 1758 - W Europe, E Atlantic Is and N Africa (S to Senegal) E through Mediterranean, NE Africa, Middle East, SW & C Asia to Russian Far East and NE China; winters S to sub-Saharan Africa, S Asia and W Indonesia.
  • dealbatus (Swinhoe, 1870) - S Japan, Ryukyu Is and E & SE China; winters S to Philippines and Borneo.
  • seebohmi Hartert & Jackson, 1915 - SE India and Sri Lanka.

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  • alexandrinus Linnaeus, 1758 - W Europe, E Atlantic Is and N Africa (S to Senegal) E through Mediterranean, NE Africa, Middle East, SW & C Asia to Russian Far East and NE China; winters S to sub-Saharan Africa, S Asia and W Indonesia.
  • dealbatus (Swinhoe, 1870) - S Japan, Ryukyu Is and E & SE China; winters S to Philippines and Borneo.
  • seebohmi Hartert & Jackson, 1915 - SE India and Sri Lanka.
  • nivosus (Cassin, 1858) - W, C & SC USA, NW, C & E Mexico, Bahamas, Greater Antilles and Netherlands Antilles; winters S to Panama.
  • occidentalis (Cabanis, 1872) - coastal Peru to SC Chile.