Thinornis rubricollis - Orford.jpg
Hooded plover
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Charadriidae
Subfamily: Charadriinae
Leach, 1820


Little ringed plover Charadrius dubius
Kentish plover Charadrius alexandrinus
Lesser sand plover, Charadrius mongolus
Snowy plover, on the beach at Vandenberg, CA

Plovers ( ər/ or ər/) are a widely distributed group of wading birds belonging to the subfamily Charadriinae.


There are about 66 species [1] in the subfamily, most of them called "plover" or " dotterel". The closely related lapwing subfamily, Vanellinae, comprises another 20-odd species. [2]

Plovers are found throughout the world, with the exception of the Sahara and the polar regions, and are characterised by relatively short bills. They hunt by sight, rather than by feel as longer-billed waders like snipes do. They feed mainly on insects, worms or other invertebrates, depending on habitat, which are obtained by a run-and-pause technique, rather than the steady probing of some other wader groups. [3]

The plover group of birds has a distraction display subcategorized as false brooding. Examples include: pretending to change position or to sit on an imaginary nest site.

A group of plovers may be referred to as a stand, wing, or congregation. A group of dotterels may be referred to as a trip. [4]

Other Languages
Afrikaans: Kiewiete
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brezhoneg: Morlivid
dansk: Hjejler
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Esperanto: Pluvio
فارسی: سلیم
français: Pluvier
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Kiswahili: Kitwitwi
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മലയാളം: പ്ലവെർ
日本語: チドリ科
polski: Sieweczki
Simple English: Plover
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