Lesser Sand Plover (Breeding plumage)
Lesser Sand Plover (Breeding plumage)
Scientific Name 
Charadrius atrifrons
Arabic Name 
زقزاق الرمل الصغير
Kuwaiti name 
51.0 cm
20.0 cm
Least Concern
Kuwait Specialty


Common passage migrant, winter and summer visitor. In non-breeding plumage it may be difficult to distinguish from Greater Sand Plover.
Where in Kuwait 
A small wading shorebird and primarily coastal species that winters on tidal flats, sandy beaches, estuaries, mud-flats. Up to 3000 were recorded at Doha, Kuwait Bay in mid January 2008.
In the world 
This species has a large range and a population trend that is difficult to determine. This species is fully migratory, with four definable groups migrating on a broad front to different wintering grounds. In central Siberia, flocks form in early July and depart for their winter quarters in early-August to early-September (adults leaving first), to arrive in India, south Arabia and East Africa.
Local threats 
Habitat degradation and loss.