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The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Three-banded Plover

Afrikaans name: Driebandstrandkiewiet

Three-banded Plover

Three-banded Plover

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Charadrius tricollaris

The Three-banded Plover is a common and widespread species of wading bird. It is found over most over most of the southern half of Africa as well as Ethiopia and Madagascar.

It is normally a solitary species which can be found on the edges of most bodies of water including dams, ponds, streams and reservoirs.

Adults grow up to 18 cm in length.

Male and female Three-banded Plover have the same colouration.

These Plovers feed on various aquatic and terrestrial insects, worms and crustaceans.

They are not gregarious when breeding. A pair will make their nest along the shore. Not much effort is put into the nest - it is normally a simple scrape on the ground or it may be on top of a rock. One or two eggs are laid.

Three-banded Plover

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References and further reading

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Year Published: 1975 - Page: 141

Animals of the Kruger National Park - Author: G. de Graaff - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 76

Birds of the Natal Drakensberg Park - Author: Robin Little and William Bainbridge - Year Published: 1992 - Page: 34

Birds of the South Western Cape - Author: Joy Frandsen - Year Published: - Page: 82

Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Year Published: 1999 - Page: 28

Field Guide to the Birds of Kruger National Park - Author: Ian Sinclair and Ian Whyte - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 84

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1985 - Page: 224

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1993 - Page: 221

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Year Published: 2011 - Page: 178

List of South African Birds

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