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Double-banded Plover
2009-04-07 14:43:48

The Double-banded Plover (Charadrius bicinctus) is a species of wading bird that is fairly common in southern New Zealand. It is not often seen in northern New Zealand. Its habitat is beaches, mud flats, grasslands and bare ground. It is also known as the Banded Dotterel in New Zealand. There are two subspecies: the nominate Charadrius bicinctus bicinctus breeding in New Zealand and the...

Inland Dotterel
2009-02-27 15:59:57

The Inland Dotterel (Charadrius australis) also known as the Australian Dotterel, is a species of plover native to southern and central Australia. Its habitat is open, arid country, and distribution of the species is bound to regions with equal rainfall (mostly about 4 inches of precipitation annually). The adult is 7.5 to 9 inches in length with a 17 to 18.5 inch wingspan. It weighs about...

Mountain Plover
2009-02-27 15:51:49

The Mountain Plover (Charadrius montanus) is a species of ground bird found in the high plains of North America from southeastern Alberta and southwestern Saskatchewan to northern New Mexico and the Texas panhandle. There is an isolated population that occurs in the Davis Mountains of western Texas. Most of the population winters in the San Joaquin and Imperial Valleys of California. The winter...

Caspian Plover
2009-02-27 15:47:59

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...

Lesser Sand Plover
2009-02-27 15:43:32

The Lesser Sand Plover (Charadrius mongolus) is a species of wading bird found in the Himalayas and infrequently across the bare coastal plains of northeastern Siberia. It has also been found in Alaska. It is migratory and winters on sandy beaches in East Africa, south Asia and Australia. There are five races of Lesser Sand Plover. In the eastern part of its range, this species is commonly...

Magellanic Plover
2009-02-21 20:47:40

The Magellanic Plover (Pluvianellus socialis) is a rare and unique species of bird found only in southernmost South America. As its relationships to other plovers are uncertain, this bird is placed in its own family, Pluvianellidae. It is not migratory, but some populations move further north into southern Argentina in winter. The upperparts and breast are pale gray, and the rest of the...

Semipalmated Plover
2008-08-07 11:20:28

The Semipalmated Plover (Charadrius semipalmatus), is a small plover found in Canada and Alaska. They are migratory and winter in coastal areas ranging from the United States to Patagonia. They are extremely rare vagrants to western Europe, although their true status may be obscured by the difficulty in identifying them from the very similar Ringed Plover of Eurasia, of which it was formerly...

Egyptian Plover
2008-08-07 11:00:42

The Egyptian Plover (Pluvianus aegyptius), is a wading bird and the only member of the genus Pluvianus. The Egyptian Plover is a localized resident in tropical sub-Saharan Africa. It breeds on sandbars in large rivers. Egyptian Plover is a striking and clearly identifiable species. The 7.5 to 8.25 inch long adult has a black crown, back, eye-mask and breast band. The rest of the head is...

Kittlitzs Plover
2008-08-07 10:41:17

The Kittlitz's Plover (Charadrius pecuarius), is a small plover found in much of sub-Saharan Africa, Madagascar, and the Nile delta. Some birds, especially in coastal areas, are resident, other populations are migratory or nomadic. Its breeding habitat is open ground on beaches or dry mudflats, near water and with little or no plant growth. Kittlitz's Plover is gregarious outside the breeding...

St Helena Plover
2008-08-07 10:35:10

The St. Helena Plover (Charadrius sanctaehelenae), locally known as the Wirebird due to its thin legs, is a small wader endemic to the island of Saint Helena. Kittlitz's Plover is the St. Helena bird's closest relative. The bird was first mentioned in 1638, and is the national bird of Saint Helena, featured on the island's coat of arms. This plover is resident all year on the open areas of...

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  • The act of sweetening by admixture of some saccharine substance.
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