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Red-capped Plover Charadrius ruficapillus
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IUCN Red List history

Year Category
2012 Least Concern
2009 Least Concern
2008 Least Concern
2004 Least Concern
2000 Lower Risk/Least Concern
1994 Lower Risk/Least Concern
1988 Lower Risk/Least Concern

Species attributes

Migratory status not a migrant Forest dependency Does not normally occur in forest
Land mass type   Average mass 37.4 g


  Estimate Data quality
Extent of Occurrence breeding/resident (km2) 4,810,000
Number of locations -
Fragmentation -

Population & trend

  Estimate Data quality Derivation Year of estimate
No. of mature individuals poor Estimated 2009
Population trend Unknown -
Number of subpopulations - - -
Largest subpopulation - - -
Generation length (yrs) 5.2 - - -
Trend justification: The population trend is difficult to determine because of uncertainty over the impacts of habitat modification on population sizes.

Country/Territory distribution

Country/Territory Occurrence status Presence Breeding Non-breeding Passage Resident
Australia Native Extant Yes      
Indonesia Native Extant       Yes
New Zealand Vagrant Extant   Yes    
Timor-Leste Native Extant       Yes

Important Bird Areas where this species has triggered the IBA criteria

Country/Territory IBA Name IBA link
Australia Arcoona Lakes site factsheet
Australia Coongie Lakes site factsheet
Australia Coorong site factsheet
Australia Dampier Saltworks site factsheet
Australia Eighty Mile Beach site factsheet
Australia Great Sandy Strait site factsheet
Australia Gulf St Vincent site factsheet
Australia Karinga Creek System site factsheet
Australia Lake Argyle site factsheet
Australia Lake MacLeod site factsheet
Australia Lake McLarty site factsheet
Australia Menindee Lakes site factsheet
Australia Moreton Bay and Pumicestone Passage site factsheet
Australia Natimuk-Douglas Wetlands site factsheet
Australia Paroo Floodplain and Currawinya site factsheet
Australia Peel-Harvey Estuary site factsheet
Australia Roebuck Bay site factsheet

Habitats & altitude

Habitat (level 1) Habitat (level 2) Importance Occurrence
Artificial/Aquatic & Marine Salt Exploitation Sites suitable resident
Artificial/Aquatic & Marine Wastewater Treatment Areas suitable resident
Marine Intertidal Mud Flats and Salt Flats major resident
Marine Intertidal Salt Marshes (Emergent Grasses) major resident
Marine Intertidal Sandy Shoreline and/or Beaches, Sand Bars, Spits, Etc major resident
Marine Intertidal Shingle and/or Pebble Shoreline and/or Beaches major resident
Wetlands (inland) Permanent Saline, Brackish or Alkaline Lakes suitable resident
Altitude 0 - 0 m Occasional altitudinal limits  

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2016) Species factsheet: Charadrius ruficapillus. Downloaded from on 28/10/2016. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2016) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 28/10/2016.

This information is based upon, and updates, the information published in BirdLife International (2000) Threatened birds of the world. Barcelona and Cambridge, UK: Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International, BirdLife International (2004) Threatened birds of the world 2004 CD-ROM and BirdLife International (2008) Threatened birds of the world 2008 CD-ROM. These sources provide the information for species accounts for the birds on the IUCN Red List.

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Key facts
Current IUCN Red List category Least Concern
Family Charadriidae (Plovers)
Species name author Temminck, 1822
Population size mature individuals
Population trend Unknown
Distribution size (breeding/resident) 4,810,000 km2
Country endemic? No
Links to further information
- Summary information on this species