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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 Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: O.P.M. Prozesky - Year Published: 1983 - Page: 111

A First Guide to South African Birds - 6th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Year Published: 1959 - Page: 141

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 Southern Africa - Kruger National Park - Author: Kenneth Newman - Year Published: 1985 - Page: 40

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

Birds of the Transvaal - Author: Tarboton, Kemp and Kemp - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 90

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

Common Birds of the North Coast - Author: Bing Comrie - Year Published: 2005 - Page: 27

Everyone's Guide to South African Birds - Author: John Sinclair and John Mendelsohn - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 48

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

Ian Sinclair's Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair - Year Published: 1988 - Page: 118

Newman's Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Year Published: 1984 - Page: 106

Newman's Birds of Southern Africa - 7th Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Year Published: 2000 - Page: 106

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Dr. Austin Roberts - Year Published: 1949 - Page: 99

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Year Published: 1975 - Page: 163

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Year Published: 1981 - Page: 170

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 - 1st Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Year Published: 1993 - Page: 160

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

Shorebirds - Author: P. Hayman, J. Marchant, T. Prater - Year Published: 1986 - Page: 290

Wading Birds of the World - Revised edition - Author: Eric and Richard Soothill - Year Published: 1989 - Page: 194

Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: Martin Withers and David Hosking - Year Published: 2011 - Page: 86

List of South African Birds

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