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 10 videos
On the beach Locality iSimangaliso Wetland Park, KwaZulu Natal Province, South Africa (ssp arenaceus)
Juan Sanabria 1 August 2013 12 weeks ago 51 sec 4.5
Birds sitting on the beach Locality Sodwana Bay, iSimangaliso Wetland Park, KwaZulu Natal Province, South Africa
Juan Sanabria 1 August 2013 1 week ago ADDED LAST MONTH 44 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 1 year ago 31 sec 4.4
A bird on the beach, preening briefly Locality Walvis Bay, Erongo Region, Namibia (ssp marginatus)
Keith Blomerley 21 January 2007 6 years ago 22 sec 4.4
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 3.9
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
PhotosSee all 16 photos
At Sunset Dam near Lower Sabie (probably a female)
Locality Kruger National Park, South Africa (ssp arenaceus)
Ghislain Gosse 20 August 2011 2 years ago 4.4
Locality Walvis Bay, Erongo Region, Namibia
Marco Valentini 23 August 2013 13 weeks ago 4.3
A bird in breeding plumage.
Locality Swakopmund, Erongo Region, Namibia (ssp marginatus)
Fran Trabalon 5 November 2011 1 year ago 4.3
On a rock
Locality Lambert's Bay, Western Cape Province, South Africa
Guy Poisson 20 November 2012 51 weeks ago 4.3
walking on the sand
Locality West Coast National Park, Western Cape Province, South Africa
Cristiano Crolle 17 August 2013 13 weeks ago 4.2
White-fronted Plover (Charadrius marginatus)
Locality Nosy Ve Island, Antsiranana Province, Madagascar
Jacques Erard 15 October 2006 5 weeks ago 4
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