Little Ringed Plover

Conservation status

Least Concern

Population Trend


Alternate Names


Native Habitat



Insects, Worms


Little Ringed Plover

Charadrius dubius

The Little Ringed Plover is a small plover. Adults have a grey-brown back and wings, a white belly, and a white breast with one black neckband. They have a brown cap, a white forehead, a black mask around the eyes with white above and a short dark bill. The legs are flesh-colored and the toes are all webbed.

This species differs from the larger Ringed Plover in leg color, the head pattern, and the presence of a clear yellow eye-ring.Their breeding habitat is open gravel areas near freshwater, including gravel pits, islands and river edges in Europe and western Asia. They nest on the ground on stones with little or no plant growth. Both male and female take turn to incubate the eggs.

They are migratory and winter in Africa. These birds forage for food on muddy areas, usually by sight. They eat insects and worms.

Regional Names
  • Bengali:
    ছোট নথজিরিয়া
  • French:
    Pluvier petit-gravelot
  • Gujarati:
    વિલાયતી ઝીણી ટીટોડી
  • Hindi:
    झिरिआ, मर्वा
  • Marathi:
    कंठेरी चिखल्या
  • Nepali:
    लघु राजपुत्रिका
  • Sanskrit:
  • Tamil:
    சிறு ஆள்காட்டி குருவி
Media Gallery

Charadrius dubius