Kentish Plover

Charadrius alexandrinus (Linnaeus, 1758) KP KENPL 4770
Family: Charadriiformes > Charadriidae

Kentish Plover, Philip Croft

A former breeder in southern England, hence the name, the Kentish Plover is now a scarce but annual visitor from Europe.

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  • Breeding
  • Winter


Kentish Plover identification is sometimes difficult.

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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.

Occupied 10-km squares in UK

European Distribution Map

European Breeding Bird Atlas 2


This vagrant has been recorded in several atlases so we have been able to map distribution changes. However, as a rarity these may not show a consistent pattern of change.

Change in occupied 10-km squares in the UK


Kentish Plover is a rare vagrant in spring, autumn and winter.

Weekly occurence of Kentish 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.

Foreign locations of birds ringed or recovered in Britain & Ireland

Foreign locations of Kentish Plover ringed or recovered in Britain & Ireland
Encountered in: Winter (Nov-Feb); Spring (Mar-Apr); Summer (May-Jul); Autumn (Aug-Oct)


Lifecycle and body size information about Kentish 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.


Sample sizes are too small to report Biometrics for this species.

Feather measurements and photos on featherbase


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

Welsh: Cwtiad Caint
Catalan: corriol camanegre
Czech: kulík morský
Danish: Hvidbrystet Præstekrave
Dutch: Strandplevier
Estonian: mustjalg-tüll e. meritüll
Finnish: mustajalkatylli
French: Pluvier à collier interrompu
German: Seeregenpfeifer
Hungarian: széki lile
Icelandic: Strandlóa
Irish: Feadóigín Chosdubh
Italian: Fratino
Latvian: juras tartinš
Lithuanian: juodakojis kirlikas
Norwegian: Hvitbrystlo
Polish: sieweczka morska
Portuguese: borrelho-de-coleira-interrompida
Slovak: kulík morský
Slovenian: beloceli deževnik
Spanish: Chorlitejo patinegro
Swedish: svartbent strandpipare

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