Breeding pair of Kentish Plover (subspecies C. a. alexandrinus) at Laguna del Longar, Spain - April 2016
Featured Subspecies: Charadrius alexandrinus alexandrinus
The Kentish Plover is a bird whose name is a relic; while this species used to breed in the UK, and notably Kent, that has not been the case for a long time now. The last continuous breeding ended in the 1940s with it's extinction in the British Isles. Which is somewhat odd in the context that this remains a fairly widespread breeding species across the coastline of Europe - even on the direct opposite side of the channel. While broadly a coastal species, it is also found at certain more saline inland sites, such as the Laguna del Longar where I saw them. Very widely distributed, they are found around the majority of the coast of Eurasia and North Africa - had I been at suitable sites I would have encountered this species easily on my trips to Japan.
Genus: CharadriusSubspecies: C. a. alexandrinus, C. a. nivosus, C. a. tenuirostis
- Sighting Locations -
SPAIN - Locally Common Resident
- MADRID 2016 TRIP: Common at Laguna del Longar (at least ten birds, many in pairs)
Further Notes: RSPB, Wikipedia, BirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List