The Three-Banded Plover (Charadrius tricollaris) is also called the Three-Banded Sandplover. It is a small wetland wading bird from southern Africa.
The Three-Banded Plover has brown upperparts and white underparts, with two black chest bands separated by a white band, which make the three bands. Its head has a black crown, a white ‘headband’ (called a supercilia), and a grey face. Its eye-ring is red. Its beak is red with a black tip.
It can grow to about 18 centimetres (7 inches) tall.
The Three-Banded Plover lives on inland rivers, pools, and lakes, where it feeds on insects, worms, and other bugs.
It is often seen alone, but it will form small flocks.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
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