Kentish Plover (Male non - breeding)
Kentish Plover (Female with fledgling)
Kentish Plover (Female at nest)
Scientific Name 
Charadrius alexandrinus
Arabic Name 
الزقزاق الاسكندراني
Kuwaiti name 
44.0 cm
16.0 cm
Least Concern
Similar species 


Very common resident and breeder on coastal sandy and muddy shores and wetlands. The species may have declined in Kuwait as a breeder due to increased building development and disturbance of its beachside habitats.
Where in Kuwait 
This is Kuwait's most common breeding wader, found all along the coast and inland pools with suitable exposed sandbanks. Amazingly this tiny bird breeds successfully in the hottest month of year.
In the world 
Some populations of this species are sedentary or only disperse short distances, most inland and northern coastal populations are fully migratory and have distinct separate breeding and wintering ranges. Despite its name, this species no longer breeds in Kent, or even Great Britain. It breeds on sandy coasts and brackish inland lakes, and is uncommon on fresh water. It has has six geographical races.
Local threats 
Disturbance of coastal habitats (e.g. people trampling nests and disturbing roosts on beaches). It is also threatened by the degradation and loss of wetland habitat through environmental pollution as well as land reclamation.