Lesser Sand Plover

Charadrius mongolus
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The lesser sand plover is gray-brown with a white eyebrow and forehead. Its underparts are white with a gray brown patch on the side of the breast. Its legs are dark grey. The breeding plumage has a broad refuse breast band. The lesser sand plover is an uncommon migrant in western Micronesia, but are rare migrants in the Marshall Islands. In December 2006, there was a single report of this species from Wake Atoll. One single lesser sand plover in basic non-breeding plumage was observed in October 2010 on the exposed mud flats at the southern end of the lagoon at low tide.

These birds breed usually in late May to mid-June. Breeding grounds are in northern Russia and Asia. They will generally lay three eggs, but occasionally just two. During the non-breeding season the can be found throughout the Indian Ocean and in to Australiasia.

Facts About Lesser Sand Plover


Insects, crustaceans, molluscs, worms and sometimes seeds 

Life Span

Oldest known bird was at least 20.5 years old


Length 7-8 in (19-21 cm)
Wingspan 17-23 in (45-58 cm)
Weight 1-3 oz (39-79 g)