Lesser Sand Plover
A small, compact, muddy-brown wader with dark legs, slightly longer than the Kentish. Is roundheaded with a gentle expression. In non-breeding plumage, muddy-brown on crown, cheeks, breast sides and entire upperparts including collar. Breeding female has peachy breast band. Breeding male has black mask, broad chestnut breast band and neck sides to forecrown. Stubby black bill. Nests on ground in high-altitude semi-desert.
Coastal sand and mudflats. River and jheel margins and flooded fields inland.
Common winter visitor to most coasts. Scarce on passage inland.
Hard, repeated tri…ip. Also a trilling trrp.