Greater Sand Plover

Charadrius leschenaultii (Lesson, 1826) DP GRSPL 4790
Family: Charadriiformes > Charadriidae

Greater Sand Plover, Toby Carter

A medium-sized plover with a heavy bill, this is a very rare visitor from central Asia, added to the British List on the basis of an individual which spent nearly a month at Pagham Harbour, West Sussex, in the winter of 1978/79.

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  • Breeding
  • Winter
231 records observations recorded by BTO surveyors
231 records



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Status and Trends

Population size and trends and patterns of distribution based on BTO surveys and atlases with data collected by BTO volunteers.


This species can be found on the following statutory and conservation listings and schedules.


We have no population estimates for this scarce species.


This species is a rare vagrant and was recorded during Bird Atlas 2007–11 as shown on the map.

Greater Sand Plover breeding distribution 2008-11
Britain and Ireland Breeding Distribution 2008-2011.
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Occupied 10-km squares in UK

European Distribution Map

European Breeding Bird Atlas 2


Greater Sand Plover is a very rare vagrant with sporadic records in spring, summer and early autumn.

Weekly occurence of Greater Sand Plover from BirdTrack
Weekly occurrence patterns (shaded cells) and reporting rates (vertical bars) based on BirdTrack data. Reporting rates give the likelihood of encountering the species each week.


Information about movement and migration based on online bird portals (e.g. BirdTrack), Ringing schemes and tracking studies.


View a summary of recoveries in the Online Ringing Report.


Lifecycle and body size information about Greater Sand Plover, including statistics on nesting, eggs and lifespan based on BTO ringing and nest recording data.


Sample sizes are too small to report Productivity and Nesting statistics for this species.


For information in another language (where available) click on a linked name

Welsh: Cwtiad Tywod Mawr
Catalan: corriol de Leschnault
Czech: kulík vetší
Danish: Ørkenpræstekrave
Dutch: Woestijnplevier
Estonian: kõrbetüll
Finnish: aavikkotylli
French: Pluvier de Leschenault
German: Wüstenregenpfeifer
Hungarian: sivatagi lile
Icelandic: Auðnalóa
Italian: Corriere di Leschenault
Latvian: tuksneša tartinš
Lithuanian: didžiasnapis kirlikas
Norwegian: Ørkenlo
Polish: sieweczka pustynna
Portuguese: borrelho-grande-de-colar-ruivo
Slovak: kulík velkozobý
Slovenian: debelokljuni deževnik
Spanish: Chorlitejo mongol grande
Swedish: ökenpipare

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