Caspian Plover

The Caspian Plover (Charadrius asiaticus) is a species of wading bird that breeds on open grassland in central Asia. It is most common to the north and east of the Caspian Sea. It is a migratory species and winters in east Africa, normally on grassland or cultivated lands.

It is a striking bird that is slightly larger than the Ringed Plover. It is slimmer and longer-legged than Sand Plovers. It has a strong white eye stripe, and a long thin bill. The summer male has a gray-brown back and white face and belly. The breast is chestnut colored with black bordering below. The summer female may show little chestnut. The call is a sharp chip.

The Caspian Plover breeds in loose colonies. The female lays three eggs in a ground nest. Its diet consists of insects and other small prey that it picks from grassland or cultivated lands.

The Caspian Plover is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies.

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