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Kentish Plover

Charadrius alexandrinus

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Fairly common but often local summer migrant from winter grounds in Mediterranean region and Africa. Mainly coastal, on sandy beaches, dry mudflats, and at salt ponds, usually near water; also locally inland. Migrants will join with flocks of other shorebirds, such as Common Ringed Plover, Sanderling, and Dunlin. Rather pale overall, with sandy upperparts, grayish legs, and rather fine black bill. Breeding plumage has black mask and black tabs at sides of breast (not a complete band). Nonbreeding plumages have black replaced by brown.

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