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Charadrius alexandrinus (Snowy Plover; Kentish Plover)

Synonyms: Anarhynchus alexandrinus
Language: Spanish

Wikipedia Abstract

The Kentish plover (Charadrius alexandrinus) is a small wader in the plover bird family. The genus name Charadrius is a Late Latin word for a yellowish bird mentioned in the fourth-century Vulgate. It derives from Ancient Greek kharadrios a bird found in ravines and river valleys (kharadra, "ravine"). The specific alexandrinus is Latin and refers to Alexandria. Despite its name, this species no longer breeds in Kent, or even Great Britain. It breeds in a wide range, from southern Europe to Japan and in Ecuador, Peru, Chile, the southern United States and the Caribbean.
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EDGE Analysis

Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0) 
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 10.3315
EDGE Score: 2.42759


Adult Weight [1]  45 grams
Birth Weight [2]  6 grams
Diet [3]  Carnivore (Invertebrates)
Diet - Invertibrates [3]  100 %
Forages - Ground [3]  60 %
Forages - Water Surface [3]  40 %
Clutch Size [5]  3
Clutches / Year [4]  2
Fledging [4]  29 days
Incubation [2]  24 days
Mating Display [6]  Ground and non-acrobatic aerial display
Maximum Longevity [2]  19 years
Wing Span [7]  17 inches (.43 m)
Female Maturity [2]  10 months 10 days
Male Maturity [2]  11 months 1 day


Protected Areas

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Important Bird Areas

Biodiversity Hotspots

Prey / Diet

Afruca tangeri[7]
Ephydra hians[8]
Gastrosaccus sanctus[9]
Hediste diversicolor (veelkleurige zeeduizendpoot)[7]

Prey / Diet Overlap


Circus cyaneus (Northern Harrier)[8]
Falco columbarius (Merlin)[8]
Falco mexicanus (Prairie Falcon)[8]
Falco peregrinus (Peregrine Falcon)[8]
Vulpes vulpes (Red Fox)[8]


Range Map

External References


Attributes / relations provided by
1Storchová, Lenka; Hořák, David (2018), Data from: Life-history characteristics of European birds, Dryad, Dataset,
2de Magalhaes, J. P., and Costa, J. (2009) A database of vertebrate longevity records and their relation to other life-history traits. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 22(8):1770-1774
3Hamish Wilman, Jonathan Belmaker, Jennifer Simpson, Carolina de la Rosa, Marcelo M. Rivadeneira, and Walter Jetz. 2014. EltonTraits 1.0: Species-level foraging attributes of the world's birds and mammals. Ecology 95:2027
4Nathan P. Myhrvold, Elita Baldridge, Benjamin Chan, Dhileep Sivam, Daniel L. Freeman, and S. K. Morgan Ernest. 2015. An amniote life-history database to perform comparative analyses with birds, mammals, and reptiles. Ecology 96:3109
5Jetz W, Sekercioglu CH, Böhning-Gaese K (2008) The Worldwide Variation in Avian Clutch Size across Species and Space PLoS Biol 6(12): e303. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.0060303
6Terje Lislevand, Jordi Figuerola, and Tamás Székely. 2007. Avian body sizes in relation to fecundity, mating system, display behavior, and resource sharing. Ecology 88:1605
7del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.
8Snowy Plover (Kentish Plover) Charadrius alexandrinus, K. Boula, 1996, U.S. Forest Service
9Predation of a sand-dwelling mysid crustacean Gastrosaccus sanctus by plover birds (Charadriidae), SH. MORAN and L. FISHELSON, Marine Biology 9, 63-64 (1971)
10Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 Wildfinder Database
Biodiversity Hotspots provided by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund
Abstract provided by DBpedia licensed under a Creative Commons License
Species taxanomy provided by GBIF Secretariat (2022). GBIF Backbone Taxonomy. Checklist dataset accessed via on 2023-06-13; License: CC BY 4.0