Ringed Plovers - Hebridean Birds
Western Isles Birds - Ringed Plovers- Hebridean Birds Sightings.

The ringed plover's pied head and breast and white neck distinguish the bird from other common small waders. These delightful birds can be seen all over The Western Isles.

A tiny unassuming little bird - often seen in The Western Isles. A small plumb bird with short legs. These birds have a distinctive broad black band across its white breast and black bars through its eye and across its crown.
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Bird Overview - Ringed Plovers
Family
Plovers & Lapwings
Latin name
Charadrius hiaticula

 Population
Common


Similar Species
Little Ringed Plover
Description

Ringed Plovers - A tiny unassuming little bird - often seen in The Western Isles. A small plumb bird with short legs. These birds have a distinctive broad black band across its white breast and black bars through its eye and across its crown.

The back of its crown, its back tail and upper wings are a light sandy brown colour. The underparts of the ringed plovers are white. The birds have an orange bill with a black tip and also they have orange legs



Size
18 - 20cm - 7ins
Habitat
Coastal Marshes and Beaches

Food
This birds diet consists of small crustaceans, molluscs, worms, insects (e.g. ants, beetles, flies and fly larvae)
Voice
A Plaintive 'queep' when intruders are present.

Breeding
These birds lays 4 olive grey eggs - Apr - July - incubation is 21 - 28 days and the young fledge at 21 - 25 days. Large numbers of ringed plovers breed on the Western Isles machair.

Misc. Info

Like many plovers, when the adults sense a threat to their nest or chicks they feign a broken wing to lead potential predators away

The ringed plovers fly rapidly with clipped wing beats and show a prominent white wing-bar.

When intruders approach a nest the birds try to lure them away, by feigning a broken wing or fanning their tails and squealing like a rodent

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