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Oriental Plover Charadrius veredus
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IUCN Red List history

Year Category
2012 Least Concern
2011 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 full migrant Forest dependency Does not normally occur in forest
Land mass type   Average mass -


  Estimate Data quality
Extent of Occurrence breeding/resident (km2) 1,930,000
Extent of Occurrence non-breeding (km2) 1,930,000
Number of locations -
Fragmentation -

Population & trend

  Estimate Data quality Derivation Year of estimate
No. of mature individuals poor Estimated 2010
Population trend Unknown -
Number of subpopulations - - -
Largest subpopulation - - -
Generation length (yrs) 5.2 - - -
Population justification: The global population estimate has been increased to 160,000 individuals based on the results of surveys at Eighty Mile Beach in north-western Australia in February 2010, during which c.144,300 birds were counted, combined with a previous estimate that c.91% of the global population winters in Australia.
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        
Brunei Vagrant Extant        
China (mainland) Native Extant        
Christmas Island (to Australia) Native Extant        
Cocos (Keeling) Islands (to Australia) Vagrant Extant        
Fiji Vagrant Extant     Yes  
Greenland (to Denmark) Vagrant Extant        
Hong Kong (China) Native Extant        
India Vagrant Extant        
Indonesia Native Extant        
Japan Vagrant Extant        
Kazakhstan Vagrant Extant        
Malaysia Vagrant Extant        
Mongolia Native Extant Yes      
New Zealand Vagrant Extant        
Palau Vagrant Extant        
Papua New Guinea Native Extant        
Philippines Vagrant Extant        
Russia (Asian) Native Extant        
Seychelles Vagrant Extant        
Singapore Vagrant Extant        
Solomon Islands Native Extant        
South Korea Vagrant Extant        
Sri Lanka Vagrant Extant        
Taiwan (China) Vagrant Extant        
Thailand Vagrant Extant        
Timor-Leste Native Extant   Yes Yes  
Vanuatu Vagrant Extant        
Vietnam Native Extant        

Important Bird Areas where this species has triggered the IBA criteria

Country/Territory IBA Name IBA link
Australia Eighty Mile Beach site factsheet
Australia Lake Argyle site factsheet
Australia Lake Gregory/Paraku site factsheet
Australia Lake Sylvester System site factsheet
Australia Mandora Marsh and Anna Plains site factsheet
Australia Roebuck Bay site factsheet

Habitats & altitude

Habitat (level 1) Habitat (level 2) Importance Occurrence
Artificial/Terrestrial Pastureland suitable non-breeding
Desert Hot suitable breeding
Grassland Subtropical/Tropical Dry suitable non-breeding
Marine Intertidal Mud Flats and Salt Flats suitable non-breeding
Rocky areas (eg. inland cliffs, mountain peaks) suitable breeding
Wetlands (inland) Permanent Freshwater Lakes (over 8ha) suitable breeding
Wetlands (inland) Permanent Rivers/Streams/Creeks (includes waterfalls) suitable breeding
Wetlands (inland) Permanent Saline, Brackish or Alkaline Lakes suitable breeding
Altitude 0 - 0 m Occasional altitudinal limits  

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2016) Species factsheet: Charadrius veredus. Downloaded from on 26/10/2016. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2016) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 26/10/2016.

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 Gould, 1848
Population size mature individuals
Population trend Unknown
Distribution size (breeding/resident) 1,930,000 km2
Country endemic? No
Links to further information
- Summary information on this species