Crab plover


Crab plover is noisy bird seen active during day and night, foraging on shore.

How does the bird appear…

It resembles plover with black and white plumage, very long legs and strong heavy black bill. Toes are partially webbed.

Juveniles show black on mantle.

Habitat: Where to find this bird?

It is found at sandy and muddy, sandflats, mudflats, estuaries, lagoons and exposed coral reefs.


It forages on shore in small groups. As name suggests it forages on crabs but also takes marine worms and mudskippers.

Breeding & Nesting

It breeds between April to August. It nests in colonies. It nests in burrows in sandy banks. It is known in making use of ground warmth to aid incubation of the eggs and hence parents are able to leave the nest unattended for as long as 58 hours. Incubation period is of 30-33 days.




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