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Swinhoe's Plover Charadrius dealbatus   - Adult male
Swinhoe's Plover
Photographer : © Brian Ivon Jones
Location :Shanghaizai Beach, Lufeng, Guangdong, China
Date : 28 May 2011
English synonyms:White-faced Plover
Bird Family :Charadriinae - Plovers, Dotterels & Lapwings
Red Data Status :Not Evaluated
Remarks :This is apparently the largest recorded site for Swinhoe's Plover by a long margin. I did a head count on Shanghaizai Beach and found 148 birds, including two chicks, seven juveniles and 60+ pairs. There were also several groups of two males chasing a female. The juvenile shot is interesting as it is the first time a juvenile has been photographed. My count on Dahu Beach, Haifeng, Guangdong, which is about 500ms away from the former was 131 birds. Total 279 White-faced Plover. - BIJ
Taxonomic Notes :Originally described by Robert Swinhoe in 1870 as Aegialites [Charadrius] dealbatus but later confused with Kentish Plover subspecies. Recently re-established as a full species, although status yet to be confirmed by DNA analysis. See:
Bakewell, D.N. and Kennerley, P.R. (2008) Field characteristics and distribution of an overlooked Charadrius plover from South-East Asia. Birding Asia 9:46-57
Kennerley, P.R., Bakewell, D.N. and Round, P.D. (2008) Rediscovery of a long-lost Charadrius plover from South-East Asia. Forktail 24: 63-79
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