Greater Sand Plover (Non - breeding)
Greater Sand Plover (Breeding plumage)
Scientific Name 
Charadrius leschenaultii
Arabic Name 
زقزاق الرمل الكبير
Kuwaiti name 
56.0 cm
24.0 cm
Least Concern
Similar species 


Common passage migrant and winter visitor; uncommon summer visitor. Has bred at Sabah Al-Salem reed bed in May 2000. Although this species nests in wetlands of southern Asian deserts it winters and stages on coastal wetlands and shorelines; flocks of hundreds sometimes observed in Kuwait Bay.
Where in Kuwait 
In non-breeding season it is found on sheltered sandy, shelly or muddy beaches. It may also be seen on dunes near the coast and salt marshes a little further inland. During migration it will often use salt lakes and brackish swamps with sandbanks and spits to roost on. It mainly eats marine invertebrates, such as snails, worms, crabs and shrimp.
In the world 
This species has an extremely large range and is fully migratory, and is likely to migrate without stopping on a broad front between breeding and non-breeding areas. It is A sociable species and often feeds and roosts in flocks.
Local threats 
This species is threatened by habitat degradation and loss throughout its non-breeding range.