Malaysian Plover

The Malaysian Plover (Charadrius peronii) is a species of wading bird found in Southeast Asia. Its habitat is sandy beaches and salt flats. This species is classified as near-threatened, with about 10,000 individuals left in the wild. The main causes of the decline is believed to be from human disturbance and land development.

The adult is 5.9 inches in length and weighs 1.25 to 1.5 ounces. The male has a thin black band around the neck. The female has a thin brown band. The legs are pale. The call is a soft twit.

The female lays two to five (typically three) cryptic eggs on a small scrape on the beach. The eggs are incubated by both parenting adults for about 30 days. Both parents care for the young chicks until they can fly after about 30 days. In Thailand, it may lay multiple clutches after either successful or failed attempts during the breeding season. The breeding season lasts from late March to September. Its diet consists of invertebrates.

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