Lesser Sand Plover

Conservation status

Least Concern

Population Trend


Alternate Names


Native Habitat



Insects, Crustaceans


Lesser Sand Plover

Charadrius mongolus

It breeds above the tree line in the Himalayas and discontinuously across to bare coastal plains in north-eastern Siberia, with the Mongolian Plover in the eastern part of the range; it has also bred in Alaska. It nests in a bare ground scrape, laying three eggs. This species is strongly migratory, wintering on sandy beaches in east Africa, south Asia and Australasia.

This plover is long-legged and long-billed. Breeding males have grey backs and white underparts. The breast, forehead and nape are chestnut, and there is a black eye mask. The female is duller, and winter and juvenile birds lack the chestnut, apart from a hint of rufous on the head. Legs are dark and the bill black.

Regional Names
  • Gujarati:
    નાની રાતળ ટીટોડી, નાની ઢોંગીલી
  • Malayalam:
    മംഗോളിയൻ മണൽക്കോഴി
  • Marathi:
    रेती चिखल्या
  • Nepali:
    मंगोल राजपुत्रिका

Charadrius mongolus