Plover stalking marine worms I

Irfan Choo documented a sand-plover preying on a polychaete worm. The plover was tentatively identified as Greater Sand-plover (Charadrius leschenaultii), although it may well be a Lesser Sand-plover (Charadrius mongolus).

The polychaete worm in this series of images was surprised when it emerged from its burrow, to be immediately picked by the plover (above and below).


The food of these plovers include beetles and other insects and their larvae, molluscs, polychaete even worms and crustaceans.

The bird feeds on mud or sand on interttidal mudflats, wading in the shallow water to forage. It may stalk worms in their burrows.

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  1. […] This is Irfan Choo’s second documentation a sand-plover preying on another type of polychaete worms. The plover was tentatively identified as Greater Sand-plover (Charadrius leschenaultii), although it may well be a Lesser Sand-plover (Charadrius mongolus). His earlier post can be viewed HERE. […]

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