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Birds by name
Conservation status: Red
This medium-sized member of the plover family is unusual in that the adult female is brighter than the male - an indication of their role-reversal in raising the young. Adults have largely grey-brown upperparts and bright chestnut belly, with a white chest band, throat and eyestripe, the latter contrasting with a dark cap. On spring migration they are often seen in groups, or 'trips', at traditional stopping places.
Plovers and lapwings (Charadriidae)
In summer found only on Scotland's high tops. Best looked for on spring and autumn migration. Spring groups are usually seen at traditional stopping points, especially in Eastern England.
They arrive from mid-April to mid-May and leave breeding areas in July and August. Autumn passage birds are usually seen in August and September.
Insects and worms
* UK breeding is the number of pairs breeding annually. UK wintering is the number of individuals present from October to March. UK passage is the number of individuals passing through on migration in spring and/or autumn.
Please note that the map is only intended as a guide. It shows general distribution rather than detailed, localised populations.