Plovers (// or //) are a widely distributed group of wading birds belonging to the subfamily Charadriinae. There are about 40 species in the subfamily, most of them called "plover" or "dotterel". The closely related lapwing subfamily, Vanellinae, comprises another 20-odd species.
Plovers are found throughout the world, and are characterised by relatively short bills. They hunt by sight, rather than by feel as longer-billed waders like snipes do.
They feed mainly on insects, worms or other invertebrates, depending on habitat, which are obtained by a run-and-pause technique, rather than the steady probing of some other wader groups.
The plover group of birds has a distraction display subcategorized as false brooding, pretending to change position, to sit on an imaginary nest site.
A group of plovers may be referred to as a stand, wing, or congregation. A group of dotterels may be referred to as a trip.
Species list in taxonomic order 
- European Golden Plover, Pluvialis apricaria
- Pacific Golden Plover, Pluvialis fulva
- American Golden Plover, Pluvialis dominica – the American and Pacific golden plovers were formerly considered conspecific (as "Lesser Golden Plover"; Sangster et al., 2002)
- Grey Plover or black-bellied plover, Pluvialis squatarola
- New Zealand Plover or Red-breasted Plover, Charadrius obscurus
- Common Ringed Plover, Charadrius hiaticula
- Semipalmated Plover, Charadrius semipalmatus
- Long-billed Plover, Charadrius placidus
- Little Ringed Plover, Charadrius dubius
- Wilson's Plover, Charadrius wilsonia
- Killdeer, Charadrius vociferus
- Piping Plover, Charadrius melodus
- Madagascar Plover, Charadrius thoracicus
- Kittlitz's Plover, Charadrius pecuarius
- Saint Helena Plover, Charadrius sanctaehelenae
- Three-banded Plover, Charadrius tricollaris
- Forbes's Plover, Charadrius forbesi
- Kentish Plover or Snowy Plover, Charadrius alexandrinus
- Javan Plover, Charadrius (alexandrinus) javanicus
- White-fronted Plover, Charadrius marginatus
- Red-capped Plover, Charadrius ruficapillus
- Malaysian Plover, Charadrius peronii
- Chestnut-banded Plover, Charadrius pallidus
- Collared Plover, Charadrius collaris
- Puna Plover, Charadrius alticola
- Double-banded Plover, Charadrius bicinctus
- Two-banded Plover, Charadrius falklandicus
- Lesser Sand Plover, Charadrius mongolus
- Greater Sand Plover, Charadrius leschenaultii
- Caspian Plover, Charadrius asiaticus
- Oriental Plover, Charadrius veredus
- Eurasian Dotterel, Charadrius morinellus
- Rufous-chested Plover, Charadrius modestus
- Mountain Plover, Charadrius montanus
- Hooded Dotterel, Thinornis rubricollis
- Shore Dotterel, Thinornis novaeseelandiae
- Black-fronted Dotterel, Elseyornis melanops
- Inland Dotterel, Peltohyas australis
- Wrybill, Anarhynchus frontalis
- Diademed Plover, Phegornis mitchellii
- Tawny-throated Dotterel, Oreopholus ruficollis
- Perrins, Christopher, ed. (2004) The New Encyclopedia of Birds, Oxford University Press, Oxford.
- "What do you call a group of ...?". Oxford Dictionaries. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 19 April 2011.
- Sangster, G., Knox, A. G., Helbig, A. J. & Parkin, D. T. (2002). Taxonomic recommendations for European birds. Ibis, 144(1), 153–159. doi:10.1046/j.0019-1019.2001.00026.x PDF fulltext
- Plover videos, photographs & sounds on the Internet Bird Collection.
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