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 Avidiversity  AVITOPIA - Plovers

Scientific system: Howard et al.

Familia: Charadriidae

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The plover family is global; many species are migratory birds. The body length ranges from 15 cm to 40 cm. Plover have a stocky body and long wings, the hind toe is receded or missing completely. They are ground birds that can run quickly, but also fly very well and quickly. In the vicinity of the nest or the young birds, the adult birds use seduction by simulating a broken wing and luring away a dangerous animal.

Vanellus

     vanellus - Northern Lapwing (16)
     crassirostris - Long-toed Lapwing (3)
     armatus - Blacksmith Lapwing (7)
     spinosus - Spur-winged Lapwing (11)
     duvaucelii - River Lapwing (2)
     tectus - Black-headed Lapwing (2)
     malabaricus - Yellow-wattled Lapwing (2)
     albiceps - White-crowned Lapwing (3)
     lugubris - Senegal Lapwing (1)
     melanopterus - Black-winged Lapwing (2)
     coronatus - Crowned Lapwing (6)
     senegallus - African Wattled Lapwing (6)
     melanocephalus - Spot-breasted Lapwing (1)
     superciliosus - Brown-chested Lapwing (1)
     cinereus - Grey-headed Lapwing (3)
     indicus - Red-wattled Lapwing (3)
     macropterus - Javan Lapwing (2)
     tricolor - Banded Lapwing (2)
     miles - Masked Lapwing (8)
     gregarius - Sociable Lapwing (6)
     leucurus - White-tailed Lapwing (3)
     cayanus - Pied Plover (2)
     chilensis - Southern Lapwing (3)
     resplendens - Andean Lapwing (3)

Erythrogonys

     cinctus - Red-kneed Dotterel (3)

Pluvialis

     apricaria - European Golden Plover (8)
     fulva - Pacific Golden Plover (3)
     dominica - American Golden Plover (4)
     squatarola - Grey Plover (11)

Charadrius

     obscurus - New Zealand Plover (3)
     hiaticula - Common Ringed Plover (6)
     semipalmatus - Semipalmated Plover (3)
     placidus - Long-billed Plover (1)
     dubius - Little Ringed Plover (9)
     wilsonia - Wilson's Plover (2)
     vociferus - Killdeer (5)
     melodus - Piping Plover (2)
     thoracicus - Madagascar Plover (1)
     pecuarius - Kittlitz's Plover (3)
     sanctaehelenae - St. Helena Plover (1)
     tricollaris - Three-banded Plover (5)
     forbesi - Forbes's Plover (1)
     marginatus - White-fronted Plover (7)
     alexandrinus - Kentish Plover (8)
     javanicus - Javan Plover (1)
     ruficapillus - Red-capped Plover (4)
     peronii - Malaysian Plover (2)
     pallidus - Chestnut-banded Plover (3)
     collaris - Collared Plover (3)
     alticola - Puna Plover (1)
     falklandicus - Two-banded Plover (1)
     bicinctus - Double-banded Plover (2)
     mongolus - Lesser Sand Plover (3)
     leschenaultii - Greater Sand Plover (6)
     asiaticus - Caspian Plover (3)
     veredus - Oriental Plover (2)
     morinellus - Eurasian Dotterel (3)
     modestus - Rufous-chested Plover (1)
     montanus - Mountain Plover (1)

Peltohyas

     australis - Inland Plover (3)

Thinornis

     rubricollis - Hooded Dotterel (4)
     novaeseelandiae - Shore Dotterel (2)

Elseyornis

     melanops - Black-fronted Dotterel (2)

Oreopholus

     ruficollis - Tawny-throated Dotterel (2)

Anarhynchus

     frontalis - Wrybill (3)

Phegornis

     mitchellii - Diademed Plover (2)

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