|Hooded dotterel (Thinornis rubricollis)|
Plovers are found throughout the world, with the exception of the Sahara and the polar regions, 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 the habitat, which are obtained by a run-and-pause technique, rather than the steady probing of some other wader groups.
Plovers engage in false brooding, a type of distraction display. Examples include: pretending to change position or 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
- Genus Anarhynchus
- Wrybill, Anarhynchus frontalis
- Genus Charadrius
- Caspian plover, Charadrius asiaticus
- Chestnut-banded plover, Charadrius pallidus
- Collared plover, Charadrius collaris
- Common ringed plover, Charadrius hiaticula
- Double-banded plover, Charadrius bicinctus
- Eurasian dotterel, Charadrius morinellus
- Forbes's plover, Charadrius forbesi
- Greater sand plover, Charadrius leschenaultii
- Javan plover, Charadrius (alexandrinus) javanicus
- Kentish plover, Charadrius alexandrinus
- Killdeer, Charadrius vociferus
- Kittlitz's plover, Charadrius pecuarius
- Lesser sand plover, Charadrius mongolus
- Little ringed plover, Charadrius dubius
- Long-billed plover, Charadrius placidus
- Madagascan plover, Charadrius thoracicus
- Malaysian plover, Charadrius peronii
- Mountain plover, Charadrius montanus
- New Zealand plover, red-breasted plover or New Zealand dotterel, Charadrius obscurus
- Oriental plover, Charadrius veredus
- Piping plover, Charadrius melodus
- Puna plover, Charadrius alticola
- Red-capped plover, Charadrius ruficapillus
- Rufous-chested plover, Charadrius modestus
- Saint Helena plover, Charadrius sanctaehelenae
- Semipalmated plover, Charadrius semipalmatus
- Snowy plover, Charadrius nivosus, recently split by the AOU, some other committees still evaluating
- Three-banded plover, Charadrius tricollaris
- Two-banded plover, Charadrius falklandicus
- White-fronted plover, Charadrius marginatus
- Wilson's plover, Charadrius wilsonia
- Genus Elseyornis
- Black-fronted dotterel, Elseyornis melanops
- Genus Oreopholus
- Tawny-throated dotterel, Oreopholus ruficollis
- Genus Peltohyas
- Inland dotterel, Peltohyas australis
- Genus Phegornis
- Diademed plover, Phegornis mitchellii
- Genus Pluvialis
- American golden plover, Pluvialis dominica – the American and Pacific golden plovers were formerly considered conspecific (as "lesser golden plover"; Sangster et al., 2002)
- European golden plover, Pluvialis apricaria
- Grey plover or black-bellied plover, Pluvialis squatarola
- Pacific golden plover, Pluvialis fulva
- Genus Thinornis
The European golden plover spends summers in Iceland, and in Icelandic folklore, the appearance of the first plover in the country means that spring has arrived. The Icelandic media always covers the first plover sighting, which in 2017 took place on March 27, 2017.
- Coomber, Richard (1991). "Charadriiformes: Plovers". Birds of the World. Godalming, Surrey: Colour Library Books. pp. 97–100. ISBN 978-0862838065.
- 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.
- Perrins, Christopher (2003). The New Encyclopedia of Birds. Oxford U. P. ISBN 978-0-19-852506-6.[page needed]
- "What do you call a group of ...?". Oxford Dictionaries. Oxford U. P. Retrieved 19 April 2011.
- "The Golden Plover has arrived, indicating spring in Iceland". IceNews - Daily News. March 27, 2017. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
- "Spring has arrived in Iceland, according to folklore". mbl.is. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
|Wikispecies has information related to Charadriinae|
- Plover videos, photographs & sounds on the Internet Bird Collection.