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The Red-capped plover is found almost exclusively in Australia. They are characterized by their white underbelly and forehead, along with greyish feathers on the top part of their bodies. It has been found around New Zealand, as they make their nesting around habitats such as beaches, estuaries and bays.
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Habitat and Ecology
Molecular Biology and Genetics
Statistics of barcoding coverage: Charadrius ruficapillus
Public Records: 0
Specimens with Barcodes: 6
Species With Barcodes: 1
IUCN Red List Assessment
Red List Category
Red List Criteria
- 2008Least Concern
- 2004Least Concern
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The Red-capped Plover (Charadrius ruficapillus), also known as the Red-capped Dotterel, is a small plover. It breeds in Australia. The species is closely related to (and sometimes considered conspecific with) the Kentish Plover, Javan Plover and White-fronted Plover.
Red-capped Plovers have white underparts and forehead. Their upperparts are mainly grey-brown. Adult males have a rufous crown and hindneck. Adult females have a paler rufous and grey brown crown and hindneck, with pale loreal stripe. The upperwing of Charadrius ruficapillus shows dark brown remiges and primary coverts with a white wingbar in flight. Its length is 14–16 cm and its wingspan is 27–34 cm; weight 35–40 g. Breeding plumage shows a red-brown crown and nape with black margins. Non-breeding plumage is duller and lacks the black margins.
Distribution and habitat
The Red-capped Plover is widespread in Australia; it is a vagrant to New Zealand, although it bred there for some time in small numbers from 1950–1980. The species occupies a range of coastal and inland habitats, including estuaries, bays, beaches, sandflats and mudflats; inland saline wetlands. It is also found in inland wetland areas with bare ground.
The Red-capped Plover is a seasonal breeder on the coasts of Australia, but breeds in response to unpredictable rains inland. Nests on ground in vicinity of wetlands; nest a small depression with no or minimal lining. Clutch of 2 pale yellowish-brown eggs, irregularly spotted black. Incubation period 30 days; incubating mainly done by female. Young precocial and nidifugous.
With a large range and no evidence of significant population decline, this species' conservation status is of Least Concern.
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