Crab plover : Species Of Shorebirds
For the first time, breeding nests of crab-plovers spotted at Great Vedaranyam Swamp near Point Calimere, Tamil Nadu.
- Crab-plover is a long-legged, black and white bird of Indian Ocean coasts, related to plovers and allied species of shorebirds.
- This is the only shorebird that lays white eggs, and chicks remain inside the burrows until the fledging stage.
- The chicks are semi-nidifugous, unlike chicks of other shorebirds that leave the nests shortly after hatching.
- They are residents of the coasts and islands of the Indian Ocean.
- They breed around the Arabian Sea of Pakistan, the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf, Red Sea, Somalia, the Andaman Islands, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, and Madagascar.
- These birds inhabit sandy coastlines, mudflats, estuaries, lagoons, exposed coral reefs, and rocky shorelines.
- During the breeding season, they can also be found in sand dunes.
- Conservation Status
- IUCN: Least Concern