Kentish Plover - off topic

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Subject: Kentish Plover - off topic
From: Con Boekel <>
Date: Mon, 06 May 2013 18:37:01 +1000
There has one Australian record of a Kentish Plover.

Recent research indicates that there is at least another subspecies and perhaps a separate species in South-east Asia - the White-fronted Plover. The latter has been seen in mixed flocks with 'standard' Kentish plovers in Thailand and Singapore. The White-fronted form is known to breed in China.

While the only record for Australia is guessed to have been the 'standard' Kentish Plover, it may just as well have been the White-fronted form.

Recently, while in Hoi An, just south of Da Nang on the central Vietnamese coast, I photographed a bird that did not look like a standard Kentish Plover. After much puzzling out I have come to a view that it was a White-fronted form. Apart from being another piece in the Kentish Plover/White-fronted species/subspecies jigsaw, I also photographed a chick.

I think this would rate as a first breeding record for Vietnam.

Now to try to write something up on a bird with which I have no background...



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