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Oriental Plover

Charadrius veredus

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Large, long-legged, elegantly slender plover of pastures, grasslands, and lakeshore flats. Breeding male is dashing, with a pale (sometimes white) head and a bright orange chest separated from the white belly by a thick black bar. Females and nonbreeding adults are similarly stately but much duller in plumage, with brown upperparts, buffy brownish face and sides of breast, and a white belly. Dark brown underwing coverts separate Oriental from similar, smaller Caspian Plover, which has pale underwings. Flight call a loud, clipped “chip-chip-chip!”

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