The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Three-banded Plover

Afrikaans name: Driebandstrandkiewiet

Three-banded Plover

Three-banded Plover

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Charadrius tricollaris

The Three-banded Plover is a common and widespread species of wading bird. It is found over most over most of the southern half of Africa as well as Ethiopia and Madagascar.

It is normally a solitary species which can be found on the edges of most bodies of water including dams, ponds, streams and reservoirs.

Adults grow up to 18 cm in length.

Male and female Three-banded Plover have the same colouration.

These Plovers feed on various aquatic and terrestrial insects, worms and crustaceans.

They are not gregarious when breeding. A pair will make their nest along the shore. Not much effort is put into the nest - it is normally a simple scrape on the ground or it may be on top of a rock. One or two eggs are laid.

Three-banded Plover

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References and further reading

Wildlife of the Cape Peninsula - Author: Duncan Butchart - Published: 2001 - Page: 46

Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: Martin Withers and David Hosking - Published: 2011 - Page: 86

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 2011 - Page: 178

Shorebirds - Author: P. Hayman, J. Marchant, T. Prater - Published: 1986 - Page: 290

Southern African Wildlife - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1989 - Page: 138

The Birds of South Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Dr. Austin Roberts - Published: 1949 - Page: 99

Wading Birds of the World - Revised edition - Author: Eric and Richard Soothill - Published: 1989 - Page: 194

Wild About Johannesburg - Author: Duncan Butchart - Published: 1995 - Page: 37

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 1993 - Page: 160

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1993 - Page: 221

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 4th Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1981 - Page: 170

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1985 - Page: 224

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1975 - Page: 163

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 7th Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 2000 - Page: 106

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 2nd edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1957 - Page: 128

Meeting with Birds - Author: Tom Spence - Published: 1986 - Page: 46

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 1984 - Page: 106

Freshwater Life - Author: C. Griffiths, J. Day & M. Picker - Published: 2015 - Page: 60

Ian Sinclairs Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair - Published: 1988 - Page: 118

Birds of the Transkei - Author: C.D. Quickelberge - Published: 1989 - Page: 56

Birds of the Transvaal - Author: Tarboton, Kemp and Kemp - Published: 1987 - Page: 90

Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Published: 1999 - Page: 28

Field Guide to the Birds of Kruger National Park - Author: Ian Sinclair and Ian Whyte - Published: 1991 - Page: 84

Everyones Guide to South African Birds - Author: John Sinclair and John Mendelsohn - Published: 1987 - Page: 48

Common Birds of the North Coast - Author: Bing Comrie - Published: 2005 - Page: 27

Birds of the South Western Cape - Author: Joy Frandsen - Published: 0 - Page: 82

Birds of the Natal Drakensberg Park - Author: Robin Little and William Bainbridge - Published: 1992 - Page: 34

Birds of Southern Africa - Kruger National Park - Author: Kenneth Newman - Published: 1985 - Page: 40

Bird Atlas of Natal - Author: Digby Cyrus and Nigel Robson - Published: 1980 - Page: 109

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1975 - Page: 141

Animals of the Kruger National Park - Author: G. de Graaff - Published: 1987 - Page: 76

A First Guide to South African Birds - 6th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1959 - Page: 141

A Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: O.P.M. Prozesky - Published: 1983 - Page: 111

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