White-fronted Plover (Charadrius marginatus) - HBW 3, p. 431
French: Pluvier à front blanc
Spanish: Chorlitejo Frentiblanco
Taxonomy: Charadrius marginatus Vieillot, 1818, Cape Peninsula..
Forms superspecies with C. alexandrinus, C. javanicus and C. ruficapillus; all of these have on occasion been considered conspecific (see page 386). Some authors consider population from Sudan and Ethiopia to E Natal as belonging to race tenellus. Other races proposed: hesperius (W Africa to Central African Republic); nigirius (R Niger); spatzi (Rio de Oro); and pons (S Somalia); but evidence too scanty to support recognition of these possible forms. Four subspecies normally recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- mechowi Cabanis, 1884 - locally in Africa S of Sahara to N Angola, Botswana, Zimbabwe and N Mozambique.
- marginatus Vieillot, 1818 - S Angola to SW Cape.
- arenaceus Clancey, 1971 - S Mozambique to SW Cape.
- tenellus Hartlaub, 1861 - Madagascar.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 7 videos
A bird on the beach, preening briefly Locality Walvis Bay, Erongo Region, Namibia (ssp marginatus)
Keith Blomerley 21 January 2007 5 years ago 22 sec 4.4
An adult on a sandy beach Locality Tsitsikamma National Park, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa (ssp marginatus)
Greg Baker 5 October 2002 33 weeks ago 31 sec 4.3
An adult running along the shore Locality Koeberg Private Nature Reserve, Cape Town, Western Cape Province, South Africa (ssp arenaceus)
Francesc Capdevila i Torr... 19 October 2002 9 years ago 22 sec 3.9
A bird walking and feeding near the water Locality Walvis Bay, Erongo Region, Namibia (ssp marginatus)
Jean Michel Erard 31 July 2003 7 years ago 10 sec 3.4
Two adults feeding on the shore Locality Koeberg Private Nature Reserve, Cape Town, Western Cape Province, South Africa (ssp arenaceus)
Francesc Capdevila i Torr... 19 October 2002 9 years ago 27 sec 3.3
A bird foraging on the beach Locality Walvis Bay, Erongo Region, Namibia (ssp marginatus)
Josep del Hoyo 17 July 1998 6 years ago 19 sec 3
PhotosSee all 13 photos
At Sunset Dam near Lower Sabie (probably a female)
Locality Kruger National Park, South Africa
Ghislain Gosse 20 August 2011 1 year ago 4.4
A bird in breeding plumage.
Locality Swakopmund, Erongo Region, Namibia (ssp marginatus)
Fran Trabalon 5 November 2011 1 year ago 4.2
On a rock
Locality Lambert's Bay, Western Cape Province, South Africa
Guy Poisson 20 November 2012 22 weeks ago 4.2
One bird on the ground
Locality Walvis Bay, Erongo Region, Namibia
Rémi Bigonneau 21 May 2009 1 year ago 4
Locality Benin (ssp mechowi)
Alain Fossé 4 February 2010 3 years ago 4
Front view of adult bird on beach sand.
Locality Praia do Tofo, Inhambane Province, Mozambique
Martin Främke 19 March 2011 22 weeks ago 3.8
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