Little Ringed Plover
14cm to 15cm
42cm to 48cm
32g to 48g
This plover is a small bird with an easily recognisable black and white pattern on their heads, which is very similar to the ringed plover. Their beaks are black, legs are pale and upon close inspection have a distinctive yellow eye-ring.
In flight, the little ringed plover displays a plain, brown wing with no white bar on the wing, as the ringed plover has.
It was in 1938 that these birds first bred in the UK and have been successful here ever since, specifically thanks to man-made habitats - particularly gravel pits in England and Wales.
Their diets mainly consist of insects and aquatic invertebrates.
Frequently seen running along the shore in a stop/start fashion, the Ringed Plover is a plump but neatly marked wader of coastlines and inland waterways.
With glossy green plumage and an extravagant crest, the Lapwing is an eye-catching wader of marsh and pasture.
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