A small, dark plover of freshwater and brackish wetlands with one white and two black breast-bands and a broad white forehead. The juvenile has less distinct breast bands. It moves busily along wetland edges, foraging for insects by pecking in the mud and on the water’s surface. Calls a rapid grated staccato “kreet” and high-pitched “weet-weet” as it flies off when alarmed. Similar Forbes Plover differs from Three-banded Plover by having a dark brown forehead and mostly dark bill with a red base (rather than a reddish bill with a dark tip).