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Lesser Sand Plover
Lesser Sand Plover

The Lesser Sand Plover, is a small wader in the plover family of birds. This chunky plover is long-legged and long-billed. Breeding males have grey backs and white underparts. The breast, forehead and nape are chestnut, and there is a black eye mask. The female is duller, and winter and juvenile birds lack the chestnut, apart from a hint of rufous on the head. Legs are dark and the bill black.

In all plumages, this species is very similar to Greater Sand Plover. Separating the species may be straightforward in mixed wintering flocks on an Indian beach, where the difference in size and structure is obvious. Lesser usually has darker legs, a white forehead, and a more even white wing bar than greater.

The Lesser Sand Plover's food is insects, crustaceans and annelid worms, which are obtained by a run-and-pause technique, rather than the steady probing of some other wader groups. This species takes fewer steps and shorter pauses than the Greater Sand Plover when feeding. The flight call is a hard trill.

This small little Plover was clicked one weekend morning at Akshi beach, Maharashtra and had to give all my strength to crawl almost 50 meters to get close to this shy bird and get some good ground level shots.

Disclaimer: This photograph is taken in the natural habitat. Incase if anybody needs the copy of this picture, please contact me. © All Rights Reserved by Yogesh Rane (www.junglebook.co.in / www.yogeshrane.com)

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