Caspian Plover (Female)
Caspian Plover (Breeding plumage)
Caspian Plover (Breeding plumage)
Scientific Name 
Charadrius asiaticus
Arabic Name 
الزقزاق القزويني
Kuwaiti name 
دحروج . حميرة صدور
58.0 cm
19.0 cm
Least Concern


Uncommon passage migrant, usually more common during spring migration. Up to 168 counted in mid March 2007. This beautifully plumaged wader is often shot on migration even in the desert where it may stop for short periods near farms or tiny pools.
Where in Kuwait 
It is typically found during Spring migration and often found far from water on heavily grazed grassland, dry floodplains, ploughed cultivated land and coastal dunes.
In the world 
It has an extremely large range with a declining population. This species is fully migratory over vast distances and migrates to winter in Africa between August and October, and once within Africa moves south in a nomadic fashion following the dry season. The species departs from southern Africa in late-February to early March, and from East and south-east Africa in late-March to early-April, frequenting stop-over sites in Iran, Iraq, the Arabian Peninsula and the Red Sea (it over-flies this Middle Eastern region during the Autumn migration).
Local threats 
Indiscriminate shooting and loss of habitat.