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Lesser Sand-Plover

Charadrius mongolus

This Asian plover is found in very small numbers in western Alaska in spring, when its bright pattern makes it unmistakable; it has even nested there. The species has also occurred as a rare stray in scattered areas south of Alaska, including Oregon, California, Alberta, Ontario, New Jersey, and Louisiana.
Family Plovers
This Asian plover is found in very small numbers in western Alaska in spring, when its bright pattern makes it unmistakable; it has even nested there. The species has also occurred as a rare stray in scattered areas south of Alaska, including Oregon, California, Alberta, Ontario, New Jersey, and Louisiana.
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  • adult, nonbreeding
  • adult male, breeding



Illustration © David Allen Sibley.
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Text © Kenn Kaufman, adapted from
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Songs and Calls
A short, soft, low-pitched crrik or crrik-crrik.
Audio © Lang Elliott, Bob McGuire, Kevin Colver, Martyn Stewart and others.
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