Bird name puzzle - rock plover

Subject: Bird name puzzle - rock plover
From: Paul Taylor <>
Date: Thu, 20 Jun 2002 11:52:32 +1000
Tim Dolby wrote:
 There may be some relationship between the Purple Sandpiper and
> your bird (ie some sort os sandpiper), but I doubt it.

My guess also is that it is probably not a Plains Wanderer
> (unless the description relates to the color of the bird?),
> but rather a plover which nest amongst rocks, stones and pebbles
> (such as Masked and Banded Lapwings). However your argument about
> commonality still stands - what about Inland Dotterel or even
> Australian Pranticole?

I had a look in Pizzey (old edition) last night, but couldn't find
"rock plover" listed.  The alternative names were (from memory)
as follows:

Pratincoles (either) - Swallow plover
Inland Dotterel      - Desert plover
Banded Plover        - Plains plover

I don't remember if these were included in Pizzey:
Bush Stone-curlew    - Stone plover
Beach Stone-curlew  - Long-billed stone plover

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