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Oriental plover

In Thai: นกหัวโตขายาว, nok hua to khaa yao

Binomial name: Charadrius veredus, John Gould, 1848

The oriental plover (Charadrius veredus) also known as the oriental dotterel, is a medium-sized Charadriine plover closely related to the Caspian plover. It breeds in parts of Mongolia and China, migrating southwards each year to spend its non-breeding season in Indonesia, New Guinea and northern Australia.


Adult male in breeding plumage: white face, throat and fore-crown; grey-brown hind-crown, hind-neck and back; belly white, demarcated with narrow black band and then broad chestnut breast band merging into white throat. Female, juvenile and non-breeding male: generally grey-brown upperparts and white belly; pale face with white streak above eye. Measurements: length 21–25 cm; wingspan 46–53 cm; weight 95 g.

Among the redbreasted Charadrius plovers, this bird is relatively large, longlegged and long-winged.

Distribution and habitat

Breeds in Mongolia, eastern Russia and Manchuria; migrates through eastern China and South-East Asia to Indonesia and northern Australia. Rare in New Guinea; straggler to New Zealand and Europe three times (Finland, Norway and Sweden). The oriental plover breeds in dry steppes, deserts, arid grasslands and saltpans. Its non-breeding habitat includes grasslands, salt-fields and coastal areas.


The oriental plover feeds mainly on insects.


The breeding of this bird has not been much studied but it nests on the ground.


About 90% of the oriental plovers that make the long journey south overwinter in Australia and it has been estimated that there may be 160, 000 individuals of this species. With a large range and no evidence of significant population decline, this species’ conservation status is rated by the IUCN as being of Least Concern.

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Scientific classification

Charadrius veredus

Common names

  • English:
    • Oriental dotterel
    • Oriental plover
  • Thai: นกหัวโตขายาว, nok hua to khaa yao

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Range Map

Distribution map of Oriental plover, Charadrius veredus in Thailand
  • Borabue District, Maha Sarakham
  • Hat Noppharat Thara - Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park
  • Laem Pak Bia
  • Lat Krabang District, Bangkok
  • Mueang Samut Sakhon District, Samut Sakhon
  • Nong Ya Plong District, Phetchaburi
  • Pak Thale
  • Pran Buri Forest Park
  • Sanam Chai Khet District, Chachoengsao
  • Takua Pa District, Phang Nga
Range map of Charadrius veredus in Thailand