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 25 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 14 weeks ago 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 17 photos
adult on beach
Locality Cape Cross Seal Reserve, Erongo Region, Namibia (ssp marginatus)
Tom Heijnen 17 July 2012 4 weeks ago ADDED LAST MONTH 4.6
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
A bird in breeding plumage.
Locality Swakopmund, Erongo Region, Namibia (ssp marginatus)
Fran Trabalon 5 November 2011 1 year ago 4.3
Locality Walvis Bay, Erongo Region, Namibia
Marco Valentini 23 August 2013 26 weeks ago 4.3
On a rock
Locality Lambert's Bay, Western Cape Province, South Africa
Guy Poisson 20 November 2012 1 year ago 4.3
walking on the sand
Locality West Coast National Park, Western Cape Province, South Africa
Cristiano Crolle 17 August 2013 25 weeks ago 4.2
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